Back in 1990, well before I actually contemplated moving to New York (in fact, I was still living at home), I fell in love with Manhattan. At least the idea of Manhattan, as depicted through a small independent film by Whit Stillman, called “Metropolitan”. A subtly comic look at Manhattan's endangered debutante scene, Metropolitan chronicles the rise and ultimate decline of a group of young Park Avenue socialites who gather nightly to discuss love, honor, and the impending demise of their class.
Even though I have long since learned that this film has almost nothing in common with the actual reality of living in New York, I have remained deeply attached to its romanticism and nostalgia – never mind its penchant for tuxedos and debutante dresses, the Plaza Hotel and numerous beautifully appointed Park Avenue apartments.
So you can imagine it brought a smile to my face to learn that the 2019 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is called Metropolitan. “Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.” This is a palate cleanser for sure, and a really beautiful one at that. Here are a few examples, juxtaposed with equally classic and timeless Calico textiles along with some of my favorite quotes from “Metropolitan”
“It's a tiny bit arrogant of people to go around worrying about those less fortunate.”
“The most important thing to realize about parents is that there is absolutely nothing you can do about them.”
“I've always planned to be a failure anyway, that's why I plan to marry an extremely wealthy woman.”
“The cha cha is no more ridiculous than life itself.”