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Chloé x Eres

Let’s get something out of the way now: yes, it’s a lot for a bathing suit. But after years, perhaps even decades, of market research, your AIR MAIL style correspondent can assure you that Eres merits the investment. (The Asia one-piece purchased in 2013 and worn at least 30 times each year ever since looks today as it did then.) Now, thrillingly, the French brand known for its durable, supportive Peau Douce fabric has teamed up with Chloé on a capsule collection of swim- and beachwear. And we will not deny ourselves the only opportunity we may ever have to secure a broderie anglaise swimsuit that will confidently handle both surf and sand. Best of all, it does double duty as a bodysuit; imagine it under a sarong or skirt, heading to lunch on St. Barth’s or in St. Tropez. ($925, —Ashley Baker


Study: Volume Three

The fashion-industry veteran Christopher Niquet launched Study last July. Before striking out on his own, Niquet was a writer for French Vanity Fair, an editor for Elle France, and a stylist for Self Service. Not to mention his behind-the-scenes collaborations with the man of the hour, Karl Lagerfeld. The first edition of Study was dedicated to photography by the model Vivienne Rohner, while the second issue pivoted to fashion spreads, essays, and poems inspired by the 91-year-old playwright Adrienne Kennedy. Out now, Volume Three features jarring images by the landscape photographer Romain Laprade. Last summer, Laprade visited Dakar, Senegal, and took colorful, quasi-abstract pictures of the vibrant capital. These images populate the magazine’s glossy pages. Thirty-six black-and-white images by Julien Martinez Leclerc and fashion editor Charlotte Collet, starring Parisians from the Senegalese diaspora, round out the book. ($38, —Elena Clavarino


Haute Bohemians: Greece

Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna has a knack for finding his way into the most beautiful houses in the world, revealing scenes otherwise off limits to the public. Now he shows us an entirely new and delightful side to Greece. Beyond the ancient ruins and five-star resorts, there is the world of the haute bohemians—the unique characters who call Greece home. Flores-Vianna captures the Edenic gardens and grand homes of historic figures, such as Queen Amalia, and contemporary creatives, such as architect Katerina Tsigarida. International residents, including John Stefanidis and Jacob Rothschild, also open their doors to Flores-Vianna. Prepare for severe wanderlust. ($75, —Clara Molot


Fat Ham

The fact that this play won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama—despite having never been staged—tells you just about all you need to know about the inherent energy of this very funny, smart, and provocative gloss on Hamlet, which is now on Broadway in front of live (and rightly enthusiastic) audiences. Featuring an all-Black cast, and set during a family barbecue in the present-day American South, Fat Ham is not another by-the-numbers updating of the melancholic young prince’s bloody woes. Instead, the playwright James Ijames uses Shakespeare’s tragedy as a jumping-off point to create a wonderfully inventive and fast-paced domestic comedy that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but a deft dramatization of how sexuality, identity, violence, and masculinity play out in Black families. See Fat Ham at the American Airlines Theatre through June 25. ( —Michael Hainey



Mother’s Day may be seconds away, but now, those who have failed to prepare have a surefire path to redemption: Saint Laurent has launched fine jewelry. Gold cuffs, multi-chain and ID bracelets, stackable twist rings, and dainty star and heart pendants are among the offerings; logo-lovers will enjoy the brand’s “YSL” emblem, rendered on rings and stud earrings. The graduated chain necklace is just the sort of thing that works with every outfit in every season. ($6,390; —Ashley Baker



Molière is sometimes referred to as the Shakespeare of France, but the 17th-century playwright has enough of an English-language following to inspire Molière in the Park, an outdoor theater event in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. And its latest production, Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite, about a grifter posing as a spiritual adviser, is as wickedly relevant now as it was in the days of Louis XIV.

Like Shakespeare in the Park, the Brooklyn Tartuffe is free, but it’s staged more humbly, on a square platform with two or three wooden-bench rows on each side. It is a bootstrap Tartuffe, with lively, deft actors, but no sets or props or elaborate costumes, and it is utterly charming.

This isn’t your mother’s Tartuffe. Maya Slater’s translation is based on the original, three-act 1664 version of the play (the official 1669 version has five acts) that was reconstituted by a French historian and debuted in Paris in 2022. Slater’s translation rhymes but with dashes of modern colloquialisms.

Little known, and set in a humble corner of Brooklyn, Molière in the Park is easy to miss. But don’t. ( —Alessandra Stanley

Issue No. 200
May 13, 2023
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Issue No. 200
May 13, 2023