Truman Capote sat poolside, writing deliberately in a 10-cent composition book. The writer had made a name for himself with his 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and, by early 1966, was making headlines with his true crime thriller In Cold Blood. But his latest work was more important and daring than either book: for months, Capote wrote and rewrote the 540 names that would make the final guest list for his lavish Black and White Ball.
As the things around us become increasingly digitized—yes, including notes and invitations—the authenticity of the handmade has become ever more valuable. The design community’s enthusiasm for hand-lettered typography has reached a fever pitch, and we’re not sorry to say we’re part of the crowd.
During the dog days of summer—when the sun is high and the most important ingredient in a beverage is ice—we daydream about dancing the heat off in Mykonos. Our favorite hot-weather party theme harks back to the island’s tipping point, when a idyllic enclave in the middle of the Aegean turned into a hedonistic playground.
Lady Daphne Cameron in Palm Beach, Florida. Slim Aarons, 1959.