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Photographer Theo Wenner’s first book, Jane, documented a year of his 70-year-old mother’s life in Amagansett. His second book, Homicide, documents murder in Brooklyn. In 2018 and 2019—while also shooting campaigns for brands such as Chanel and Calvin Klein—Wenner shadowed 20 detectives in the Brooklyn North Homicide unit. He took photos of narrow hallways smeared with blood, detectives smoking fat cigars as they stared at security footage, and crime scenes cordoned off with police tape. The 80 images in the book look like stills from a forgotten 1980s detective film by Brian De Palma. ($65, —Jensen Davis


Oona Series

During the pandemic, former professional dancer Catie Miller and osteopath Boniface Verney-Carron created Oona Series, a London-based, global wellness platform. Before the longtime friends started the service, they both ran successful brick-and-mortar businesses; Miller had an always bustling barre studio in Marylebone, and Miller had a sought-after osteopathy clinic in Mayfair. But the two wrestled with the question of how to expand their businesses without burning out. What they’ve created is far richer than your run-of-the-mill fitness platform. In addition to both live and on-demand exercise classes—with beautiful backdrops and standout soundtracks—Oona Series offers podcasts, interviews, and written-out tips from health experts. ($62 per month, —Bridget Arsenault


Lost Illusions

The opening of Lost Illusions, with two gorgeous movie stars in frilly costumes making love in the French countryside, screams period romance. But it’s actually closer to horror film. Based on an overstuffed 19th-century novel by Honoré de Balzac, the new movie, which has already won seven César Awards in France, follows two provincials to Paris, where their filigreed ideals are shredded by the capital’s savagely crass and commercial culture. In director Xavier Giannoli’s lavishly re-created Paris, everyone is a commodity to be bought and sold. There’s the romantic young poet (played by baby-faced newcomer Benjamin Voisin) who forfeits his integrity by becoming a hack journalist, the sweet young actresses who must moonlight as courtesans, celebrated authors who bribe critics for good reviews, and highborn snobs who sell their aristocratic titles to the highest bidder. Lost Illusions opens in New York and Los Angeles this week. ( —Mark Horowitz



If anyone knows what a blast a boat-based restaurant is, it’s Alex and Miles Pincus. For the past few summers, Grand Banks, which is on a ship in the Hudson River, and Pilot, which is aboard a sailboat in the East River, have been sought-after spots on warm evenings in New York. They’re the perfect perch from which to watch sunsets over the harbor while sipping rosé and downing ice-cold briny oysters. But if you’ve ever watched Jaws, you know that the best stories and craziest times take place belowdecks. That might explain why Holywater, their new landlocked bar in Tribeca, feels so damn right. You’re not going to have a great white shark ram through the hull, but you will luxuriate in a room that feels like the best decades-old party boat you’ve been on. The New Orleans–born brothers serve plenty of cold drinks as well as special treats, such as their grandmother’s pralines. Best of all, when it’s time to stumble home, you don’t have to worry about falling overboard while trying to make it onto the dinghy—you just have to fall into your Uber. ( —Michael Hainey


Lee Mathews x Hampden Clothing

It’s been 15 years since fashion fanatic Stacy Smallwood opened Hampden Clothing on a charming stretch of King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. The store, known for its smart mix of brands both established and emerging, has become a shopping destination ever since. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, Smallwood has teamed up with designer Lee Mathews for a five-piece capsule collection. The breezy Hope dress in cheery pink and yellow stripes has already become a foundational item in your Air Mail style correspondent’s wardrobe. It’s the kind of throw-on ensemble that feels like a nightgown but looks perfectly at home on the street—especially when cinched with a belt and some quasi-dressy sandals. ($550, —Ashley Baker



A good blouse at a good price should not be hard to find, and yet it is. That’s why we paid special attention when we found this top by Lanefortyfive, a sustainability-minded fashion house out of London, on 1690, ceramist Sophie Wilson’s e-commerce Web site. It’s made of silk crêpe de Chine, and the pattern—an archival print made in 1968 by Bernard Nevill, the former design director of Liberty—nods to the landscapes of the Art Nouveau period. But its vintage look is not its only virtue. The ever so slightly cropped blouse has tapered sleeves and is finished with mother-of-pearl buttons. The garment is made to order, so while it won’t arrive for three to four weeks, it’s guaranteed to be special. ($461, —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 152
June 11, 2022
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Issue No. 152
June 11, 2022