Not long ago, you might have found yourself all dressed up with nowhere to go. Or, more likely, you weren’t dressed up at all. But that was then, and this is now—and looking ahead to June, the cultural calendar is quickly filling up with openings and exhibitions. In New York, Thomas Heatherwick’s long-awaited Little Island has opened like a not-so-secret garden floating above the Hudson River. Out on Long Island at Pace Gallery’s outpost in East Hampton, there’s the David Hockney show “Ma Normandie,” which presents delightful watercolors and depictions of the artist’s home in France.
In California, Dior delivers a toile-heavy pop-up shop at the Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, or, as it’s currently been rebranded, the Dioriviera. The summer-long installation is filled with all the things a Dior-lover needs to live the good life. Meanwhile, in Miami, Fendi opens a logo-laden cafe in the city’s Design District. And Jackson Hole sees a new hotel opening right in the middle of town, perfectly timed for all those Yellowstone-trippers.
Should you be near any of these happenings, we’ve gone ahead and suggested just a few things you might consider wearing to each. Because, why not wear an original Hockney sweater (more on that below) when you’re in the presence of his work?
Little Islands, Manhattan
Last weekend, a lot was happening on the Hudson River. The Whitney Museum’s towering Day’s End permanent sculpture by David Hammons was debuted, and so too was Heatherwick Studio’s Little Island. The latter is a stilted garden just off the West Side Highway, an undulating patch of faux earth that brings a bit of much-needed greenery to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Among the lovely floral plantings from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects is an amphitheater, where outdoor performances of ballet and theater are scheduled to take place. Take a spin around the new garden in a two-toned ribbed Staud dress and some peekaboo flats from Cult Gaia (the better to climb all those steps!). Accessorize with a bag by Yuzefi that’s as artful as your surroundings, and a recycled bamboo picnic set from Ekobo should you want to sit and snack.
“David Hockney: Ma Normandie,” East Hampton
On View May 27-June 6, 2021
If you find yourself near Pace Gallery’s East Hampton outpost, swing by for “David Hockney: Ma Normandie,” which displays 14 prints of the artist’s home and studio in France. For this, we’d recommend something in the same watercolor hues Hockney is famous for—like those on this pajama-chic set by Anthropologie. And if you really want to take things a step further, sport a limited edition (47 out of 150) sweater designed in collaboration with Hockney and Ritva. Finish off the look with a pair of round sunglasses and a strappy sandal.
Fendi Caffe, Miami
May 20-July 5
If you’ve seen photos of Fendi pasta making the rounds on the Instagram accounts of fashion editors recently, and thought, I wonder what Fendi tastes like?, get yourself to Miami. The Design District’s OTL Restaurant has been temporarily transformed into Fendi-Land—an eatery teeming with logos and bright, bright color. Sip on a cappuccino (the foam will be arranged into double-Fs) whilst wearing a scarf in the exact same motif found on the tables. A pair of, yes, Fendi sunnies will also pair nicely with an all-white jumpsuit because, lest you forget, you’re in Miami.
Rockefeller Center by Sanford Biggers, Manhattan
May 5 – June 29, 2021
Earlier this month, the Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers was invited by the Art Production Fund to transform Rockefeller Center. Biggers’s interventions can be seen in many corners of Rock Center, but the highlight is undoubtedly his Oracle sculpture. This 25-foot bronze references African masks and historical European representations (and misrepresentations) of African people. One could certainly take in all the art wearing a classic white tee from Alex Mill, a pair of remixed Maison Margiela striped trousers, and some huaraches from Brother Vellies.
In East Williamsburg comes the Amant Foundation and its striking HQ built by the architecture firm SO-IL. On the premises (there are four buildings in total) will be a series of art galleries, a bookstore, a cafe, art studios, and a performance space. Inaugurating the new space is artist Grada Kilomba’s exhibition “Heroines, Birds and Monsters.” It might be nice to keep things Brooklyn-made when visiting; so we’d suggest something patchworked by Emily Bode. Also, some pants from Batsheva? And maybe a pair of Telfar loafers and a spritz of D.S. & Durga?
Newport Flower Show, Newport, Rhodes Island
The annual Newport Flower Show is back and taking place at Bellevue Avenue’s historic Rosecliff Mansion, which was built by Stanford White after Versaille’s Grand Trianon. Head to the manse’s ballroom (made famous by the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby and High Society) for a floral extravaganza that continues out onto the terrace. While visiting, would you wear anything but florals? We think not. Slip into something botanical from LoveShackFancy and top it off with a Sarah Bray Bermuda hat. A dainty Loeffler Randall clutch and floral earrings from Oscar de la Renta will complete the look.
Dioriviera Pop-Up, Montecito, California
May 31-September 6
For summer, Dior’s collection was Riviera-themed—or, as they like to call it, Dioriviera. To fete this beachy capsule, the Maison wanted to bring it stateside, and where else but at the “American Riviera” along the coast of California. More precisely, a pop-up celebration lands at the Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito. Guests will find that the resort’s Garden Bungalow Suites have been transformed into a Dior boutique teeming with toile de Jouy. There, they can shop all the things a Dior-lover needs to live the good life. (And don’t miss the pool and bocce courts, which will be similarly decked out.) Of course, you should wear some Dioriviera pieces. Don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen and perhaps bring a festive beach cruiser, just for kicks.
Bar Cecil, Palm Springs
Near downtown Palm Spring arrives Bar Cecil, a brasserie dedicated to bon vivant Cecil Beaton. It’s a cheerful and evocative space meant to please discerning diners who have a taste for the arts. On the walls are signed prints from Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, and many a photograph by Mr. Beaton himself. When visiting the space, it’s best to dress in something that would have pleased the late aesthete. This Cinq à Sept dress comes in a lovely emerald green and these slides from The Attico stick with the jewel tones. Beaton loved the ballet, and he’d likely love this Olympia Le-Tan clutch. And he’d want you to photograph the whole experience, perhaps with an iPhone sheathed in a leather Hermès case.
Saint Vincent, New Orleans
Open in June
In New Orleans’s Lower Garden District, a restored historic building (we’ll let you Google its former purpose) will open as a 75-room boutique hotel with all the charm you’d expect from NOLA (think scrolling handwrought iron balconies). The onsite restaurant Elizabeth Street Cafe is a buzzy import from Austin, and outside you’ll find a pool and pool bar. Head to Saint Vincent sporting sunglasses by the New Orleans-based Krewe, and perhaps a palm tree-embroidered dress from Agua by Agua Bendita. Finish it off with a straw bag and a pair of Roger Vivier slides.
The Cloudveil, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Should you be interested in a trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer, we’d recommend you make Jackson Hole your home base. There’s a slew of hotels, but just opened is the first hotel in Jackson Hole’s antler arch-adorned Town Square. Visit Cloudveil wearing some local baubles from the Jackson Hole Jewelry Company and, if you want to really commit to the aesthetic, consider something fringed. A jacket from Zara does the trick. Pair that with some Khaite jeans and Cloud Socks to be super on-theme.