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Manhattan. It is in this district Georges Allen Aarons was born, on October 29th 1916. Perhaps even his very place of birth predestined him to his incredible career of socialite photographer.
According to his daughter, « When he was a young boy living in the NYC area [my father] used to go to Broadway and wait outside stage doors to take pictures of actors and actresses ».
At the very beginning of his adult life, however, Slim made the choice to enlist in the US Army, where he served as a photographer for the United States Military Academy at West Point. Later, he became a war reporter during World War II, during which he received the Purple Heart. Yet even in this apocalyptic environment, Aarons made fascinating encounters and drew inspiration from the story of the most famous photojournalists of the time. After the war, he moved to California and began photographing celebrities.
Moreover, Aarons worked at the time for magazines such as Life, Holiday and Town & Country; which gave him access to the world of the jet set society, Hollywood stars as well as socialites of all backgrounds. There he took his most famous picture, "Kings of Hollywood" starring Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart. "I knew everyone. They invited me to their parties because they knew I would not do them any harm. I was one of them" Aarons said in 2002.
In his photographs, Slim Aarons managed to capture the mundane habits of the High Society, unpretentious scenes which he nevertheless managed to turn into masterpieces. Solely using natural light and his subjects’ environment, his leitmotif was to capture "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places".
Down the line, his talent led him to publish photographic works such as "A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life" strengthening his presence as a seasoned photojournalist and scrutineer of High Society. Ensued "Once Upon A Time," "A Place in the Sun" and "Poolside Gossip," one of the most famous.
Aarons passed away at the old age of 90, but his works continue to be exhibited at all around the world, thus bearing witness to his unparalleled talent.
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Chaise lounge - by Christopher Guy
Coffee Table Gibbons - by EICHHOLTZ
Norma Kingsize bed - by Giorgetti
Le Corbusier Chair - by Cassina
Ping Separating panels - by Giorgetti
It hides out in Umbria, in the heart of Italy, the magnificent province of Perugia. Vestige of many eras, this small town perched 500 meters above the sea welcomed Etruscans and Romans of whose passage it still bears the marks.
The town, whose character is so marked by history with its steep medieval streets, offers a kaleidoscopic panorama. Traditions are still respected despite the tacit infiltration of modernity. But is this not after all precisely the true charm of Perugia? If the province has yet to evoke any memories in you, Le Collectionist presents you with five good reasons to make a stay in Perugia.
Perugia’s underground galleries offer a breathtaking journey through the ruins of the Etruscan and the Roman people. From Pozzo Etrusco, an impressive well dating from the 3rd century BC, to the Rocca Paolina, the majestic fortress built under the orders of Pope Paul III passing by Corso Vannucci, the very artery of Perugia, one can only be seduced by the old town’s unusual and picturesque architecture.
In Italy, there is no doubt that gastronomy takes up a prominent place and in this regard, Perugia is an example. There, a scrupulous respect is due to the "3 S rule". Strangozzi, Stinchetti and Struffoli represent the wonders so much advocated by the medieval city. With its simple cooking, the Perugino terroir favors natural products such as olive oil or truffle, typical of Umbria.
In 1973, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra inaugurates the stage of Umbria Jazz Festival’s first edition in Terni. Since then, Jazz enthusiasts meet up there every year in July.
Over the years, the festival has mixed and hosts icons of Rock, Pop-Rock and Blues. Thus, Elton John, Earth Wind & Fire, Sting, Eric Clapton stand alongside George Coleman and Theo Croker among others. Also, Umbria Jazz Festival is the opportunity to discover Perugia’s must-see attractions because if all shows are performed in the province, stages for their part succeed sometimes to the San Giuliana arena, sometimes in St. Peter's Basilica or to the National Gallery of Umbria.
As a result of its Tuscan influences, Italian is the fifth most studied language in the world. And for good reason, it is also known as one of the most romantic of them all. A trip to Perugia would represent the perfect opportunity to learn this linguistic beauty at the Foreigners’ University of Perugia, known to have hosted many personalities. Prince Leka of Albania, the actor Helmut Berger and Secretary-General of the Francophonie Michaëlle Jean, among others, count among its students.
In 217 BC, when Hannibal Barca inflicted a heavy defeat upon the Romans on the banks of Lake Trasimeno, it was already apparent that it would be a must see in Umbria. Surrounded by small hills, the lake shelters Magiore, Minore and Polvese, its three islands. It has since regained its serenity, which provides for enchanting surroundings. Around the lake, will have the pleasure to discover the charming villages of Passignano, Castiglione del Lago or Monte del Lago.
In the distance, peaking at 3562 feet, South Africa’s most emblematic monument - the "Table Mountain" - stands proudly, overlooking its beautiful Cape Town. That morning, an infinite blue sky illuminates the massif, one of the "New7Wonders of Nature", and his 12 apostles’ rocky and verdant peaks. On the eastern side of the mountain, the sumptuous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden stretches over 528 hectares. Rivulets, ponds, endemic and exotic flora: this exceptional ensemble reflects a harmonious search of aestheticism that cannot be ignored.
Lovers of architectural eclecticism can let themselves be thrilled by the mixture of style and Cape Town’s bold colors. Bo-Kaap and its facades’ dazzling shades – the Malay district – the boarding house’s Afro chic scenery, the City Bowl neighborhood with its Victorian architecture and Art Deco, the “Koopmans houses” uncovering the memories of the Dutch past, or the vibrant Waterfront’s old docks that reveals the "rainbow" culture which, more than ever, form the pattern of the city’s design.
Thereafter, it is magical to explore the peninsula of Cape of Good Hope and its nature reserve – Table Mountain’s natural park – covered with fynbos, an endemic vegetation of the area. Within the park, live numerous animals including several species of antelope – Eland and Bontebok – ostriches and Chacma baboons. The visit of Simon’s Town Victorian city, perched on the False Bay’s shores, allows a surprising encounter: wild penguins colonies waddling on Boulders Beach.
Located mountainside, between a white sandy beach and a rocky ensemble, the Sentinel, Hout Bay’s charming village – “Bay of Wood” in Afrikaans - welcomes the traveler for a seafood and lobsters lunch. On the way back, close to Hout Bay, you can stop on your way to one of the most popular surf spots in the world: “Dungeons” where spectacular waves can reach up to 45 feet high. Leaving this unusual place, you can walk along the Chapman's Peak Drive ledge to discover corners of paradise. National monument, this panoramic itinerary, which runs along the Atlantic coast of the mountain, holds impressive and unique views in store over Hout Bay, the Sentinel’s peak and Chapman's Bay.
To ensure you a totally unaccustomed summer, we deliver you a selection of the 15 most beautiful beaches around the world. Often idyllic, sometimes wild, they remain for the less of a both discrete and startling beauty destinations.