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Monday, July 11, 2011

July 4th Weekend in Capri

Over July 4th weekend, Tod's invited Garance and myself to Capri for the opening of their Jackie Onassis photo exhibit.

As you can imagine, the images are beautiful, inspiring, and poetic; see Garance's post, here.

Mr. Della Valle and crew were incredible hosts and allowed us to see a side of Capri that a first-time visitor rarely experiences. For a location as famous as Capri to live up to decades of hype seemed impossible, and yet it was even more enchanting than I had expected.

This rugged landscape has been tamed by the luxurious Italian lifestyle: food, architecture, the highest standard of living. Capri will be high on my list of favorite locations, going forward.

A big big thanks to Diego, Andrea, Sarika, and Mariacristina.

The bougainvillea flowed down the architecture and mountainside like a beautiful floral fog.

Super-host Diego Della Valle.

Lee Radziwill at the exhibit's opening party.

Walking around Capri, you really have to keep your eyes open. Every corner you turn there is a new tableau.

Aerial view (well, actually - from just really high up the mountainside!) of the world-famous La Fontelina lido.

This shot is really for Garance. A native Corsican, she has taught me to appreciate the diversity of flora and fauna a Mediterranean island can offer. The smells are just incredible.

Scenes from the "Deva," easily one of the most beautiful sailboats on the Mediterranean.

Jose Miguel Antunez, joining us on the crew. He is a legendary basketball player.

I don't really know anything about boats, but every detail I saw on the "Deva" was beautiful - here, the leather-covered rings on the main mast.

Comments on "July 4th Weekend in Capri"


Anonymous M.Grace said ... (4:37 PM) : 

Wow! Lee looks incredible- such an icon.


Anonymous Jenny said ... (4:39 PM) : 

It looks greate! Love the bote details.

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Blogger Copper Etiquette said ... (4:43 PM) : 


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Anonymous Marcela said ... (4:44 PM) : 

The pictures are beautiful, and it does seem like a beautiful place.
I saw Garance's posts on Capri and it is interesting two have two such beautiful and yet different versions of a place.
Lee Radziwill looks fantastic, and always so elegant.
As always, thanks for the pictures.


Blogger Rachel said ... (4:46 PM) : 

I don't know much about boats either but I think they are beautiful and magnificent!


Blogger Kacie - With Love said ... (5:17 PM) : 

Wow! What an incredible location and what beautiful, stylish people! I love that photo of Lee. She is a stunning. Looks like a lovely time.



Blogger The Foolish Aesthete said ... (5:30 PM) : 

I love this post and all the beautiful images of Capri! And Lee Radziwill still looks so elegant.


Blogger Milica said ... (5:33 PM) : 

Great pictures!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:57 PM) : beautiful images...


Anonymous carole said ... (6:44 PM) : 

All my trips are to Paris...I should think about going to gorgeous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

Capri So special Lee looks great and she is smoking!!


Anonymous ania said ... (7:05 PM) : 

in may was in torre del greco for a training, in a hotel by the sea with beautiful view on capri... had plans to go there but felt bad and came back to rome. i regret it.

next time maybe.


Anonymous Callie said ... (7:32 PM) : 

beautiful photos!
I really like that you have added photos of everyday things; the flora, fauna, homes, boats, etc. and how you see the beauty in them. A lot of us dont take the time to appreciate it all


Blogger Marcel Da Chump said ... (7:43 PM) : 

Charmed my socks off.

A vicarious pleasure trip.



Anonymous J. Flores said ... (8:01 PM) : 

Beautiful!!!! Capri is officially on my bucket list of places to visit.

I can almost smell the sea and foliage. Thanks for transporting me...


Blogger mastroiani said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Could someone please tell me what kind of glasses (brand, maybe model) is Mr. Della Valle wearing in the photo? I'd be eternally grateful.

Thank you


Blogger Leonie said ... (8:17 PM) : 

Great pictures! I visited Capri 7 years ago and loved it.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:32 PM) : 

Great photo set of Capri. Must have been an incredible trip. The style and feel of that part of the world is unmistakable. Your picture through the fence, into the courtyard is brilliant. Really great stuff. Thanks for letting us all have a peak.



Blogger beths said ... (8:34 PM) : 

Whoa, you are one lucky couple. Before I got to the pic of the flora, I was already thinking about the smells of the place! mmmmm


Blogger Teodora said ... (8:51 PM) : 

Jose Miguel Antunez looks like Adriano Celentano.

Magnificent photos!



Anonymous Laura Quinn said ... (9:11 PM) : 

Beautiful! I want to live there! I love the complementary blue sky and orange-y wood in the last photo.


Blogger SAMANTHA said ... (9:29 PM) : 

oh my god so beautiful. i went to capri for the first time two months ago and fell in love. amazing shots.


Anonymous miss jane said ... (9:35 PM) : 

Love the shots especially the one with the oranges/tamarillo's/persimmons?? It's interesting what you can find when you're not really looking :)


Blogger ADJ said ... (9:44 PM) : 

this looks incredible. i have a real fascination of boats.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 PM) : 

Vos photos de Capri nous font rêver.


Anonymous antique engagement rings said ... (9:58 PM) : 

There's nothing like Capri ! I also love the Quisisana hotel.


Blogger Sweet Pea (formerly Alice) said ... (10:09 PM) : 

Wow, great post!

I've always wanted to go to Capri but now the desire to go is just overwhelming! So beautiful!

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Anonymous Betsy said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Wow, that's a really nice boat.


Blogger Marcjeon said ... (10:38 PM) : 

OMG I was there on June 20th! I was there for my summer study abroad in Italy. We went everywhere in Italy(and I mean everywhere. We traveled 40 cities in 6 weeks) and Capri just happen to be at our last stay/final exam place! It is beautiful and amazing. Now I'm in America and I miss it so much! If I was with you i would taken you to a famous leather shoe store in Capri. ahhhhhhh


Blogger Brian's World said ... (12:48 AM) : 

happy times!!!


Blogger fasoolka said ... (1:06 AM) : 

Fantastic pictures and beautiful place.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:08 AM) : 

Capri is Capri, nothing more to say..It is a piece of Paradise on the Earth. The sun, the fragrance of the Sea, the food, the people. Walking in the narrow streets in a full Moon Summer night let you wish you will stay there forever..


Anonymous AliciaInAlaska said ... (2:31 AM) : 

Simply gorgeous!


Blogger Claudia Zander said ... (2:54 AM) : 

I love Capri!
once I've been there and I'd like to come back soon
the Photos are so beautiful!!


Anonymous cheap scrubs said ... (3:02 AM) : 

I think weekend become really nice and enjoyable on this place! i really like it!


Anonymous s said ... (3:06 AM) : 

WOnderful pics;.. i want to go there ;D

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Anonymous Fashionthroughtravel said ... (3:19 AM) : 

Amazing post! I love it when you show us where you travel and your surroundings and when you also add a bit of text!

The boat details are amazing! My favorites are the one with the leather rings on the mast and the one with the speed thing (I don't know how it's called!)

Lee Radzivill is stunning!


Blogger Eryl said ... (3:40 AM) : 

Beautiful, and your description of the bougainvillea is marvellously dark.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 AM) : 

At 19 I landed on Capri. Seasick. wondering if I was hallucinating vertically. I was. Jackie was there. at the next table, strolling those magical lanes, in the shops, trying on the same sandals i was, when i was. We began saying Ciao to each other, as if this piece of heaven and us being neighborly was normal as rain! Heady stuff. (even with Jackie and her Paps and posse, things where much more casual then). We lived in our white capris on Capri. I never saw Princess Lee there. But they have been my style icons all my life. When facing a fashion dilema, i will catch myself with a giggle musing..."what would Lee/Jackie wear"? Always that involves removing an accessory too many.

The spectacular beauty and smells and style of Capri affected me so deeply, that after a career in NYC, I moved permanently to a warm lush mountainous tropical Pacific island because parts of it reminded me of dreamy Capri. (no Italian citizenship).

Lee looks wonderfully elegant, as always. My hanai daughter, upon seeing this photo, commented that Princess Lee wears her hair like mine and dresses like i do. Ahem, I let it go and didn't tell her it was the other way 'round.

Thanks for the memories Scott and Garance. How wonderful you are living la dolce vita! You are both such an inspiritation to me.

Don't those Deva leather wrappings look like Hermes saddlery craftsmanship? although i'm sure they are from some eminent Italian house. Exquisite.


ps. Have you slept with an open window next to a blooming mock orange hedge yet? You will. Heaven. Heaven.


Anonymous Ori said ... (3:59 AM) : 

What a gorgeous boat, and man...I can practically smell the sun-baked herbs and citrus and sea from here, wow.


Anonymous Conni, Denmark said ... (4:10 AM) : 

OMG - What am I doing here in West Jutland??


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:12 AM) : 

the photos are very nice..
come to Greece too..greek islands,where white meet blue..


Blogger aga said ... (4:46 AM) : 

Great post, I wish to see more this type posts on your blog ;) Second wish is to visit Capri one day. Wonderful place!


Anonymous proletarian Great Gatsby said ... (5:00 AM) : 

Thanks for sharing that dream.


Blogger beesandbugs said ... (5:17 AM) : 

Amazing photos!
Capri is such a beautiful place :)


Blogger Cecille said ... (5:30 AM) : 



Anonymous Raindrops of Sapphire said ... (6:51 AM) : 

Wow! Gorgeous photos, I love the colour :)


Blogger V.V. said ... (7:24 AM) : 

I feel so lucky to have that on my daily routine!!thanks for sharing it!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 AM) : 

Lovely photos! My favourite is the fith ;)


Blogger ingefaer said ... (8:38 AM) : 

Gorgeous photos! Capri is high on my list of places to visit - has been ever since I saw Brigitte Bardot in "Contempt", a long time ago - must do something about it.


Blogger ZHENYA ZHURAVLYOVA said ... (8:55 AM) : 



Blogger Collections said ... (9:36 AM) : 

Gorgeous photographs. The one with the flowers... stunning.

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Blogger Daryl said ... (9:38 AM) : 

Thank you for sharing this amazing adventure .. you scenery photos are as involving as your people shots


Anonymous mon sac by me said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Capri...... is a dream !!!


Blogger DC Bored said ... (10:01 AM) : 

Jealous!!!!! Looks fab!!!


Blogger Cybee said ... (10:09 AM) : 

Absolutely gorgeous photos...such scenery. Lee looks beautiful.


Blogger Olviya said ... (10:13 AM) : 

Lee looks so elegant! trully stunning aging beauty


Anonymous Lauren said ... (10:15 AM) : 

Exquisite shots. Makes me feel almost like I was there. And, really wonderful shots of Lee.

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Blogger said ... (10:40 AM) : 

great typical italian summer set


Blogger anastacia bogdanova said ... (11:18 AM) : 

great pictures!!!


Blogger lollipop4598 said ... (11:28 AM) : 

Beautiful. The boat looks so loved and taken care of. Lee looks elegants and lovely, and Mr Antunez looks sexy.


Anonymous Maryanne said ... (11:37 AM) : 

how gracious of mr. delle valle.

staggeringly beautiful..capri & Lee.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Nice to see Lee Radziwell, but disappointed to see such an otherwise elegant woman smoking....


Anonymous mary said ... (12:15 PM) : 

really, really beautiful pictures. just gorgeous. looks like you enjoyed your time there!


Blogger beths said ... (12:35 PM) : 

And doesn't the film _Darling_ include an episode in Capri? Julie christie, ahhhh


Blogger Marissa said ... (1:06 PM) : 

I have been to capri the past 13 summers at this exact time...this makes me miss it so much. it truly is magical with the bougainvillea, the stiletto-repelling streets, the paparazzi, the limoncello, the beautiful clock tower, the grotta azzurra, and of course the ultimate piazzetta


Blogger r said ... (2:59 PM) : 

Yes, Ms. Radziwill is certainly a stunning woman. Cigarettes are always an unfortunate accessory I wish one would do without, but what have you. She's still gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

how beautiful and glamorous... great shots. Lee is an icon; looks fabulous. so glad you shared this.


Anonymous amanda said ... (4:24 PM) : 

mmm, capri. love.
and I'm not a big boat connoisseur either, but the 'devo' is beautiful. and, if I'm not mistaken, the name means 'i must'. nice.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM) : 

Really quite beautiful I love Capri and lee looks as coolly elegant as ever but please do not use the phrase "going forward" ever again...........please please please!


Blogger J.Ro said ... (6:50 PM) : 

I officially want to be you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 PM) : 

As always, you seem to discover the most beautiful shots.......I so much appreciate your eye for details! The leather-bound rings on the ship are just gorgeous. Thank you for these photos!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:17 PM) : 

Please post more pictures of stylish women who also happen to be "mature" the one of Lee R. It would be personally helpful to see more examples of how to dress stylishly yet age appropriately for women over 50


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:29 PM) : 

There is an intriguing looking clutch on the table in the picture of elegant lee radziwell. I wish i knew more about it. Wonderful post!


Anonymous Bohemian Design said ... (10:43 PM) : 

Beautiful! The leather covered rings in the last pic are so perfectly detailed.


Anonymous princessglee said ... (12:03 AM) : 

Whoa, for a moment I thought I was on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles. Seems equally as beautiful as Capri but minus the cachet.


Blogger thesilverthimble said ... (12:57 AM) : 

Love these pictures, especially the bougainvilleas!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:40 AM) : 

I'm going to Capri this summer so thank you for the beautiful preview! Hayley


Blogger Tamara said ... (5:17 AM) : 

The photos of the amazing views in Capri make me even more excited to go in August! Italy and the South of France are both one of my favourite summer destinations.


Anonymous Lisa F. said ... (10:15 AM) : 

Lovely post, Scott!


Blogger Ali said ... (10:17 AM) : 

so stunning. i need more travel in my life. sigh.


Anonymous davidsl said ... (10:31 AM) : 

i wonder if i could get away with wearing a sheer scarf in lieu of a tie at a summer party...or would it be too "queeny" here?


Blogger N-BO said ... (11:21 AM) : 

Can anyone PLEASE tell me who Lee Radziwill's clutch bag is by??? It's so beautiful, perfect for summer with the lobster design! Love love love it!

Amazing pics! Thank you!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:53 AM) : 

Perfect caption for the Lee Radziwell pic: Still Smokin'


Blogger Brian's World said ... (3:18 PM) : 

Incredibly perfect and Ms.Radziwill photographed with a cigarette, just makes her human in an otherwise unreal and mythical place like Capri!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 PM) : 

What was I thinking? So at first I got lost in your dreamy Capri and Princess Lee photos. So much beauty.

I forgot to say how much I love your photo of Diego Della Vella, biz/marketing genius behind the his iconic family Tod's brand. He cuts such a handsome figure with the kindest of eyes and such a warm welcoming smile. Indeed, he looks for all the world like a "super host" should look. Just the person with whom you want to enjoy Passagiata.

And this, this is the Holy Grail of marketing: Capri, "Jackie In Capri" exhibit... on Capri. More high style at high season. Jackie's sis Princess Lee, life/ style/design icon on Capri for exhibit. gorgeous leather work on the exquisite Deva a la Tod's....and drum roll, hiring the A team of G+S to tell this dreamy style story in their own unique wonderful ways!

Not a Tod's driver/bag/bauble in sight,as far as I can see. all i want to do is go buy a bunch.. NOW! With my new Tod's i will instantly be transported there. Um, It's working. Look for me.

So well done, Scott and Diego,
"Happy Times" indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:01 PM) : 

Yours is a beautiful life!


Blogger The Parnassus said ... (1:33 AM) : 

I remember when i went to capri, i noticed the violent purple flowers crawling down someone's balcony!


Blogger Sofia said ... (9:56 AM) : 

This looks totally stellar.


Blogger Oh my Dior! said ... (11:37 AM) : 

amazed! such an stylish old woman!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 PM) : 

Lee is hot ! :)


Blogger Short Presents said ... (1:56 PM) : 

Lee Radziwill is stunning in purple. Love the pulled back hair.


Anonymous Stern Design said ... (10:00 PM) : 

What a great home and garden. I love the aerial pic of the La Fontelina lido.


Blogger Emily said ... (11:08 PM) : 

We rented a villa two years ago in a little village called Marina della Lobra, that had views of Capri from it's terrace. Every morning I did yoga while taking in the views of the magical island. Pure bliss.


Blogger Mithila said ... (5:32 PM) : 

Do you have more pictures of the sailboat? The couple you posted are just so intriguing! Would love to see more pictures of it!


Blogger LopiAmaria said ... (11:31 AM) : 

I've been to Capri. Beautiful !


Blogger Carlo said ... (12:47 PM) : 

Love it!
met Diego Della Valle a few weeks ago during the inauguration event of Tod's renovations Colosseum. He is a humble and down to earth man who manages to carry himself in an impeccably stylish and yet approachable way. You must of had a blast being a guest of his.


Anonymous Alessia said ... (2:18 PM) : 

Hello. I work in Amalfi and it is spectacular to watch these photos that represent Capri so similar to Amalfitan Coast. In paritcular, I find that the forth photo is wonderful beacuse it remind me Sr. Chiara Cloister in Naples. It reminds me also our grondomthers who couldn't stay outside for a long time in particulare without a man of the family and so they spent large part of their life in little and beautiful garden looking after theri family.
And to finish I think that people who love these places ha to read "Arturo's Island" of Elsa Morante, which is set in Procida and describe very well our past life.


Blogger She Wore It Well said ... (5:49 AM) : 

extreme jealousy from lil old me freezing right now in melbourne.


Blogger Hero said ... (10:45 AM) : 

I agree the Melbourne snap is almost unbearable - almost! These glimpses of hot heaven have left me in a haze of sun and scent.

This shot of the Deva's rigging could walk a runway - a belted body in the cleanest denim.

Oh, wait for me, Summer!


Blogger Carla Borella said ... (4:04 PM) : 

Beautiful pictures!!! Seems a really inspiring place to be. These leather-covered rings on the main mast look like a beautiful bracelet.
keep these inspiring work, thank you.


Anonymous Camille said ... (5:35 AM) : 



Anonymous emedea said ... (5:45 PM) : 

So lucky to have the chance to go there everytime I want, is a so unique island, everything is a detail! I wish I met you!! We want other pictures!!


Anonymous Sartor Resartus said ... (3:54 AM) : 

Mrs Radziwill looks great. Nice to see her smoking unlike all the modern puritans and kill-joys.


Blogger Christine@100things100days said ... (12:45 AM) : 

Lee Radziwill is a vision. If I look that good at her age my life will be complete!


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