As you have already seen on the cover of this month’s issue, a crew from Hinsdale Living had the rare chance to spend a day shooting behind the scenes at Lyric Opera’s fabulous Art Deco opera house. We couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to stage a fall fashion feature themed around fall galas, balls, and fundraisers. But the most exciting news is that you could have a similar insider experience yourself, thanks to Lyric’s summer backstage tour series. For two Friday mornings this month—September 6 and September 13—you can sign up for a one-hour tour of this historic building. This is your chance to learn about the skilled professionals who bring operatic stagecraft to life, and gain insight into what to look forward to in the year ahead. Heading into its 65th season, Lyric will bring the much-anticipated performances of The Barber of Seville (September 28 through October 27) and Don Giovanni (November 14 through December 8) to Chicago. And that’s just the beginning. Tickets for the backstage tour are $15 and can be purchased in advance by calling 312-827-5600 or by visiting lyricopera.org.
For three decades, Sweet William has been helping Hinsdale fashionistas find styles they can’t live without right here in our village. “We are always searching for looks that are wearable, current, and on trend,” explains Kristi Smith, owner of the luxury designer boutique. While our annual fall fashion feature spotlights ball gowns and gala glam, the must-have item at Sweet William this fall is expected to be the iconic combat boot. “These boots are definitely at the top of the trend this season,” says Smith, explaining that the look comes in a variety of styles, materials, and colors. Our favorite is the Henry Beguelin black boot, a head-turner from Italy that can go with almost any ensemble (even a long gown, depending on the event). “It’s a perfect wardrobe addition,” she adds. “It’s in black leather with a silver wash, topped with laser cut leather at the ankle and velvet laces, but zips up for ease. Wear it with your favorite jean, leather pant, or dress.” Yes, please! And at $915, it’s an accessible wardrobe addition you’ll be wearing throughout the seasons ahead. Sweet William is located at 15 E. 1st Street in Hinsdale, 630-920-8444, sweetwilliaminc.com
Louis Vuitton (LV) devotees may be intrigued to learn that the iconic French designer has unveiled a delectable new one-of-a-kind timepiece. This Escale Spin Time watch was created exclusively for the Only Watchan auction of exceptional watches to raise money for AMM, the Monaco-based association for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For the sixth consecutive year in a row, LV artisans outdid themselves with creativity and function. Anita Porchet, one of the greatest independent enamellers in fine watchmaking, painted the white gold plaque dial by hand. Requiring 200 hours of work to create, the dial utilized Grand Feu champlevé enameling and miniature painting. To mirror the exquisite beauty of the dial, the bezel, lugs, and 41 mm diameter case crown made of titanium and white gold, are also set with white diamonds. The masterpiece is presented in a custom monogram canvas watch case (also hand-painted) recalling the floral patterns of the dial, along with four alligator straps and an 18-carat white gold buckle set with diamonds. The final auction (by Christie’s, of course) will be held at the Four Seasons in Geneva in November but the pieces will tour the world between now and then, stopping in Monaco, Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, and Singapore. louisvuitton.com.
Prost to the Pets!
Nothing says fall like lederhosen. Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) presents its inaugural Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 28, with all the German flair and fanfare. “Prost to the Pets!” will be a primarily outdoor, tented celebration of German traditions including live band Die Musikmeisters playing on the front lawn, traditional German-style dining, liquor and German beer tastings, cigar bar, plus German pets— Schnauzer, Leonberger, Weimaraner, Daschund, and more. “We’re looking forward to hosting our first traditional German festival,” says Tom Van Winkle, HHS executive director. “While our team knows how to throw an incredible party, it is all for the animals at the end of the day. We’ll have pets available for our guests to meet and visit with, along with a variety of opportunities to help our animals in creative ways.” Tickets are $45 each and include German food, the band, activities and a drink ticket. VIP tickets will be available soon as well and will include a free Oktoberfest mug, free “German” beer tasting, special German appetizers, and a private tented area. “All funds raised at Oktoberfest will go to help our animals and programs that support our community, including everything from Pet Therapy to Humane Education, Lost Pets, Microchips, Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics, and our Behavior Helpline,” adds HHS Business Development Director Jacki Rossi, “It’s also going to be a fun night to celebrate with German-inspired food, drinks, and music.” “Prost to the Pets!” will go from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the new Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-323-5630, x12, or visit hinsdalehumanesociety.org.