October 20th, 2014
Paris-Based British Writer

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha photographed by Laura Frieser

British journalist Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is in NYC promoting her two new books: Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time, and Lou Lou de la Falaise, which she co-authored with Ariel de Ravenel. We were colleagues at Harper’s Bazaar ages ago, so it was nice to catch up with the uber busy writer. Thanks Natasha for answering a few questions!

You must be very busy promoting two books, how do you keep yourself sane?

Sane , Preston? What is that 4-letter word?

I guess the demands of my two 13-year-old daughters (the twin word is banned in this household ) keeps me relatively grounded. Like everyone, a lot of imaginary whirling of plates goes on. But just when I think ‘phew,’ several imaginary plates crash to the ground.

Oh and replacing loads of refined sugar with dried apricots, self-smoked almonds and coconut water. I was introduced to coconut water (is that the right term in the US) by Cate Blanchett on a shoot. Monoprix sells it, always handy, the water does seem to give energy.

My siren de chic – Ariel de Ravenel – who found all the amazing images in our Loulou de la Falaise book. She always looks effortlessly elegant in flawlessly pressed Theory shirts or cashmere sweaters that she describes being “old lady colors” as well as vintage necklaces by Loulou de la Falaise.

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From top left: Pallas smoking tux, ink blue, Moynat Rejane saddle bag, Jim Hodges painting and t-shirt, Hilditch & Key night shirt, Roger Vivier buckle flats, Nancy Gonzalez clutch.

Wardrobe staples:

Hilditch & Key pale blue cotton night shirts – live and write in them at home
A Jim Hodges GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE t-shirts – a present from Jim who’s my favorite American artist
Lucien Pellat-Finet jackets. LP-F is known for being the pope of cashmere but he tailors a mean jacket, perfect length and snug arm holes.
Ines de la Fressange navy trench from Uniqlo – just when I was dreaming of one, Ines, a dear friend, delivered!
Raphaella Riboud black pjs – like jogging pants in both cotton and in jersey
All my Horiyoshi the third/HTT sweaters — particularly the long boyfriend ones
Louboutin flats such as his (vintage) pony booties and more recent slippers like The Dictator

Cannot live without:

Irving & Fine ivory satin peasant blouse – gives an instant face lift
Roger Vivier all black patent buckle shoes
My mom’s YSL circa 1970s silk cord neck choker
A Sacai blue and black striped wool dress even if everyone says ‘your shoulder pads are showing.’
An Alexander McQueen blue velvet dress achieving barmaid cleavage.
Nancy Gonzalez black crocodile clutch

One color that I can never resist: ink blue. A color that I discovered when working at the Chanel Studio as one of Karl Lagerfeld’s assistants.

Dream list:

The Moynat Rejane saddle bag – it is flawless!!
A smoking/tux by Pallas – when my ship arrives

October 20th, 2014
Field Trip

Tomas Maier On Madison

Tomas Maier

The new Tomas Maier shop opened on Madison. I saw these pictures from WWD being taken last week as the store is only a few blocks from my office. I’ll pop in and take some snaps.

Tomas Maier

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October 19th, 2014
In Self Service

Chiffon Dream

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 7.00.05 PM While cleaning up the site and going through old posts, I reread Ultimate Fall Wish List which made me think of these images in the new Self Service.  The turtle-print silk chiffon Givenchy dress (it’s actually a blouse and skirt) is dreamy. Self Service

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October 18th, 2014
My Music

‘Yellow Flicker Beat’

Lorde I have a confession, I’m not a fan of Lorde’s songs, yet I think she is an enormous talent.  ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, the first song to drop from the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 soundtrack, is beautiful and has changed my opinion of her music. Lorde has been tasked with curating all of the songs for the film and clearly hit the cover off the ball with this single.

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October 18th, 2014
On My Mind

Getting Out There

Claudia Schiffer A huge blog that I love and follow asked me months ago if they could profile me. Honored but nervous, I agreed to a shoot date, then canceled with no intention of rescheduling. I enjoy participating and being quoted in articles; I just don’t crave the spotlight and hate being photographed. A few days later I was in Tod’s chatting with a fellow shopper about loafers. When the woman mentioned that she loves a blog called Keep it Chic, I realized that she didn’t recognize me as the author because I rarely post pictures of myself.

So, I went back and rescheduled the shoot. Inspired by this image of Claudia, I was photographed outside yesterday in a big coat and sunglasses with my hair (hopefully) covering part of my face.

Image of Claudia Schiffer by Angelo Pennetta © Self Service issue no. 35

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October 17th, 2014
It Item

Fall Tweak

Gucci I have all the coats I’ll need for the cold weather ahead, and I’ve bought far too many ribbed tops, but I’m still craving a little something—let’s call it a fall tweak. Not a staple or basic, I want an item that screams FW14. Hmmm…

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October 16th, 2014
In Self Service

‘The Obsessions’

Self Service

Without a doubt, ‘The Obsessions’ is my favorite section in Self Service. Here are a handful of images from Issue no. 41.

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October 16th, 2014
In CR Fashion Book

‘Putting The “Robe” In Wardrobe’

Carine Roitfeld When I saw this pic of Carine with her floral print D. Porthault robe and towels on CR Fashion Book, I couldn’t resist. I may not wear a ton of color, but I like it in my home. It’s time to shake-up my white towels and replace them with one of these cheerful prints. And the scalloped edge seals the deal.

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October 15th, 2014
In Le Monde d'Hermès

‘Elsewhere’

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The FW14 issue of Le Monde D’Hermès just arrived. A bit bittersweet to see the beautiful clothes by Christophe Lemaire who left the house after a gorgeous SS15 show. Nathaniel Goldberg’s pictures are breathtaking, and I’m a huge fan of Camille Bidault Waddington’s styling.

Sadly, this image is too big for my scanner and I cannot find a digitized version online. My iPhone pic will have to suffice.

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October 15th, 2014
To See

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitterage This HBO film based on Elizabeth Strout’s novel (one of my all-time favorite authors) should be amazing. Starring Frances McDormand and Bill Murray, I will not miss this. The two-night miniseries airs 11/2 & 11/3.

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October 14th, 2014
In WSJ.

‘Color Block’

WSJ. If you didn’t pick up a copy of WSJ. last weekend, fear not, you can still see this beautiful story online.

Gladiators are even better this year than last, and I want these from Valentino Haute Couture—strappy, but not overwhelming—perfection.

Photography by Angelo Pennetta    Styling by George Cortina

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October 14th, 2014
Beauty

Glossier

Glossier

Beauty website Into The Gloss founder Emily Weiss has launched a line of  products called Glossier. After all the beauty product testing Weiss has done in the four years of helming ITG, I’m sure her own line will be effective. The packaging is really good too.

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October 13th, 2014
In British Vogue

Going Long

British Vogue

Here’s a cozy, but impractical trend—super long sleeves. British Vogue‘s Sarah Harris investigates why so many designers have gone long.

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October 12th, 2014
documentary filmmaker

Jennifer Ash Rudick

Jennifer Rudick

Jennifer photographed by Marko MacPherson; with Nan Bush,Iris Apfel, Bruce Webber, Al Maysles, Bradley Kaplan & Laura Coxson; shooting Diner en Blanc; Iris © Into the Gloss

This profile was originally published in April 2013, but with ‘Iris’ screening at both the New York and Hamptons International Film Festivals this weekend, this is the perfect time to re-run it.  Congratulations Jennifer, ‘Iris’ is a fantastic, must-see film!!

Ben Franklin’s famous saying “you can do anything you set your mind to” describes Jennifer Ash Rudick to a tee.  A Palm Beach native and long time New York City resident, Jennifer’s busy life revolves around her two teenagers, an adorable eye-surgeon husband, a writing career, and now, documentary filmmaking. On her resumé: Editor of WWD/W‘s ‘Eye’ column, Town & Country magazine contributor and currently, a contributing editor at Veranda magazine. She also authored two books– Tropical Style: Private Palm Beach and The Expectant Father that sold over 900,000 copies. With our publishing connection, it’s no surprise that when we met years ago at our daughters’ barn on L.I., we instantly became friends. Ringside we would share our life stories on juggling work and family (not always with aplomb), and took turns carpooling five girls to the barn every day. On my KiC radar as a chic working mom, when Jennifer casually mentioned that she was making a documentary on fashion icon Iris Apfel, I begged her to be a profile.

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October 11th, 2014
In Holiday

‘The Inner Hebrides’

Holiday Magazine

I follow the stylist Clare Richardson on Instagram and she will often post a sneak peek of her shoots. After seeing pictures she put up from this story in The Scottish Issue of Holiday magazine, I decided to track it down. Can’t go wrong with Stella Tennant.

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