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“Audrey Hepburn & Hubert de Givenchy: An Elegant Friendship” at Morges from 20 May 2017

Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn at a dress fitting in 1950s, (Keystone/Photononstop/Screen Prod) ©Diltz. (Right) Givenchy created Hepburn’s entire wardrobe for “Funny Face”, Paris, 1956, (Magnum) ©David Seymour.

Three museums in Morges will be the setting for an exploration of the fashion legend’s oeuvre including pieces created especially for the films and private life of his famous client, who lived in nearby Tolochenaz.

From the 20th May and continuing until 17th September, lovers of haute couture and of cinema will have an extraordinary opportunity to visit a unique retrospective that explores — for only the third time internationally — the life’s work of one of haute couture’s greatest designers, Hubert de Givenchy.

In this context, it will also look at the unparalleled professional collaboration and personal friendship that Givenchy enjoyed with his muse, the celebrated actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, which defined her unique look and that of an era and which continues to influence fashion to this day.

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Finding an old flame at the Hermitage Foundation’s exhibition “Impressionist Masterpieces of the Bührle Collection”

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Claude Monet, Field of poppies near Vétheuil, around 1879, oil on canvas, 73x92cm, Fondation Collection E.G. Bührle, Zurich, photo SIK-ISEA, Zurich (J.-P. Kuhn).

One of these days I’m really going to have to thank the directors of the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne for scheduling their best exhibitions of impressionist art at moments of personal celebration in my life.

Last year I had the pleasure of seeing Immersed in Color: Signac’s sublime art at the Hermitage on my birthday in March. This year, just in time for my wedding anniversary in April, they very thoughtfully opened Masterpieces of the Bührle Collection, which continues at the Foundation until 29 October. It seems that our mutual timing could not be better. Read More

“A Chinese Adventure: A Swiss family in pursuit of success in the Celestial Empire” at Fondation Baur in Geneva

“A Chinese Adventure” continues at the Baur Foundation in Geneva’s Old Town until 2 July 2017.

The evocative and beautifully curated exhibition “A Chinese Adventure: A Swiss family in pursuit of success in the Celestial Empire” tells a story not often associated with the prosperous Switzerland we know today: that of a young Swiss man seeking his fortune in a far off land of unknown mysteries, great uncertainty and no small amount of peril.

But things were different in 1859 when 19-year-old Pierre-Frédéric Loup from the Val-de-Travers in Canton Neuchâtel set off on a two-month journey by coach, rail and steamship via the Mediterranean, Egypt, India, Singapore, and Saigon to Hong Kong to join compatriot Eugène Borel in selling Swiss timepieces to the Imperial Court. Read More

The Swiss Romandy’s premier Arts & Crafts Fair — UNIcréa — brings creativity to the forefront at the Château de Morges from 4-7 May

More than 100 artisans will take over the beautiful Château de Morges from 4-7 May for the 23rd edition of Salon UNIcréa.

If it’s spring it’s time again for the creative extravaganza that is the UNIcréa Arts & Crafts Salon, which twice annually brings together more than 100 artisans ‘handpicked’ for their originality, passion and talent by UNIcréa founder and director Céline Dreveton.

I spoke with Céline last autumn (Meet Céline Dreveton: Artisan, Entrepreneur and Creative Force) just before the Salon’s 22nd edition at the Château de la Sarraz and she impressed me with her commitment to unveiling fresh, new talent at each subsequent fair. Read More

Swiss Heritage adds “Switzerland’s Loveliest Islands” to its collection of handy touring booklets

The medieval Schloss Bottmingen, BL, near Basel, sits on Weiherburg Island and houses a gourmet restaurant.

Think of Switzerland and what comes to mind are mountains, pastures and lakes, but islands? Not really. Yet Swiss Heritage’s latest addition to its “Switzerland’s Loveliest” brochure collection introduces 33 islands — both big and small, natural and man-made — that dot the country’s lakes and waterways and traverse national borders. Read More

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Quinoa Salad with Vegetables by Chef Alessio Corda of the “Living Room”

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A simple, sumptuous, healthy mix of organic quinoa, vegetables and nuts with a light,tasty vinaigrette.

Head Chef Alessio Corda loves healthy, seasonal, full-flavored ingredients — preferably locally sourced — for his delicious dishes at the Ritz-Carlton Hôtel de la Paix’s stylish new restaurant the Living Room, the launch of which I had the pleasure of attending in January.

With Spring rapidly approaching, I asked Chef Corda for a recipe that reflects the changing of the seasons and fulfills the wish that I and probably many of you have to transition to lighter fare. This delicious dish delivers on that request but doesn’t sacrifice anything in terms of flavor, beauty or nutrition. Read More