LUXURYCULTURE.COM - From the Cap-Ferrat With Style


Sojourning in style is always à la mode at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. A healthy portfolio is no excuse for wealthy nonchalance, as image, glamour and style reign supreme.

Perched atop a narrow promontory cape, overlooking the clear turquoise swell of the Mediterranean, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is unequivocally the jewel of the Côte d’Azur. Old money sits with new wealth as neighbors such as U2 bassist Adam Clayton, media mogul Maurice Saatchi, and Pougatchev heir Alexandre reside alongside the Heineken dynasty. This mix of brash youthful fashion and old-world glamour, dating back to its 50s heyday as Hollywood’s favorite holiday haven, gives rise to a modern reinterpretation of the region’s celebrated style.

What to pack for poolside lounging alongside the beau monde, or cruising the corniche? A soft pair of Todd’s in summery baby blue are a driving classic, while Chanel’s strappy satin flats are a staple for a chic daytime promenade. However, there’s nothing like a pair of toned tanned legs topped off in a pair of towering slim heels.

Zac Posen, the designer darling of Hollywood’s new generation, is the name on every jet set’s summer shopping list. Buttery soft suede miniskirts teamed with ultra-light sleeveless blouses offer a touch of edgy disco chic, while high-waisted bikinis hark back to the starlet style. For the boys, Orlebar Brown’s tailored swim shorts are pure St. Tropez style.

Accessories are key, from logo’d trinkets that flaunt designer credentials, to discreet luxury labels, such as Valextra and Bottega Veneta, that raise a knowing nod from the well-schooled fashion cognoscenti. An original favorite of the stars, François Pinton’s oversized, über-glam shades continue to frame the most famous faces on the Cap, but it is the tortoise shell frames famously sported by Jackie O, the original jet set icon, that typifies the star quality of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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