Chloe Fox

Born into a theatrical family, it’s no surprise that Chloe Fox is at ease in the company of actors, and during the course of her journalistic career she has interviewed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Kate Winslet. A regular contributor to the pages of Vogue, Porter and The Financial Times, Chloe has also profiled many of the world’s leading fashion designers. For Beyond, she meets aristocratic model-turned-designer Serena Bute.

Hazel Plush

A contributor to Wanderlust, The Telegraph and AIR, the luxury magazine distributed throughout the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, this London-based freelance travel, arts and design writer lives a peripatetic life, but always loves to return to the UAE, where she lived for several years. She returns to the region in this issue, writing about “museum diplomacy” – in the form of new outposts of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums opening in Abu Dhabi, and a Centre Pompidou in Shanghai.

Mark Ellwood

A senior contributor to Robb Report, Condé Nast Traveler and co-host of the Bloomberg podcast, Travel Genius, New York-based writer Mark Ellwood is a leading luxury journalist and commentator. In the first of our regular House of Astor series of features, Mark profiles six leading innovators, all breaking new ground in their chosen fields. The series’ aim is to celebrate the spirit of enterprise, innovation and excellence that characterized the extraordinary life of John Jacob Astor IV, founder of the first St. Regis hotel.

Giulia Bassi

Based in the fashion capital of Milan, no one could have been more attuned to the mood of modern Italian glamour showcased in our The St. Regis Venice fashion shoot than stylist Giulia Bassi. A senior contributor to the Italian fashion magazine Amica, Giulia also works with a wide range of high-profile brands including Benetton, Fedeli and La Perla. And what did she most enjoy about the Venice shoot? The canal views from the hotel and, of course, the water taxi rides – not your average commute to work.

Dave Seminara

A former US diplomat turned award-winning travel writer, Dave Seminara is the author of Breakfast with Polygamists: Dispatches from the Margins of The Americas, in which he recalls encounters with the Amish, a Navajo medicine man and the eponymous polygamists, who live in a cave in Utah. In this issue, he describes how, for all its beautiful temples and fine beaches, it is the people of Bali who most endear him to the island. Dave also writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Noma Bar

One of the world’s most renowned illustrators and graphic artists, Israeli-born Noma Bar’s work has adorned a vast global array of magazine and book covers. His witty, inventive and instantly recognizable illustrations have won him countless awards, the most recent being bestowed for an animation project for the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and collections of his work have been published in several books. For this issue of Beyond, Noma illustrates our essay on strength – of both body and mind – in his inimitable style.