Here’s a blast from the past—Thierry Mugler. These images from the new campaign, shot by Josh Olins, are really beautiful. I didn’t even realize the house had a new designer, David Koma.
My older daughter announced recently that she’s thinking of majoring in art history, and I had to laugh. I was an art history major with a studio minor and I have never been able to get my girls excited about anything art related. Maybe a few ‘fun’ exhibitions like the ones atop the Met and Jeff Koons at the Whitney before it decamped, but nothing else. However, I’m not complaining, and the timing is perfect with the reopening of the newly renovated and restored Cooper Hewitt just down the street. Housed in the famed Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, this will be the first stop on our art-filled holiday.
On a side note—I’ve started following the lifestyle blog Quintessence (thanks to my friend Alexandra who toured the incredible Verdura at 75 exhibition with me), and the author Stacey Bewkes recommended the gift shop at the Neue Galerie. And I found a beautiful Advent calendar in the shape of a pear tree in the Morgan Library & Museum gift shop when I went to the Cy Twombly exhibition. Good places to find unusual presents.
As my friend Mary said “I’m done with fall”, and although it’s not even technically winter yet, I am too. For some reason, it’s easier for me to think about coats in July than sandals in February, but that’s the reality of the delivery schedule. And I love resort collections, which are in stores now. So, I’m starting to seriously think about the one or two pieces that I’ll want for SS15. TBC.
Photo by Liz Collins and styling by Samira Nasr from the January issue of Elle
I’d been struggling with what to give three of my dearest friends who were really there for me this year. The usual gifts felt uninspired. Then I had an ‘aha’ moment—let them shop my closet. Or more specifically, I’ll offer each friend a Chanel bag. I’ve had these bags for years, but I’m not wearing them these days, and they should be worn. Fortunately, my friends won’t want the same ones. A classic black and a small classic tobacco bag are off to new homes. And I’m hoping the classic beige jersey bag will have a new life in Palm Beach…
Francisco Costa showed a wonderful pre-fall collection for Calvin Klein. Inspired by California in the ’60s and ’70s with a bit of ’90s Kate Moss thrown in, there were some list-worthy pieces in this presentation. I am keeping an eye out for a coat for next fall, and these two are certainly contenders.
Anya Rubik sporting a short black bob and barely-there makeup in the first images from Marc Jacobs’ SS15 campaign. The models were makeup-less in the show, a trend I can totally get behind. Actually, I’m ahead on this one as I wear so little already.
Photography by David Sims Styling by Katie Grand
It would be amazing if my Annick Goutal perfume came in a solid, then I could carry it in my bag. I’m going to test drive these by Diptyque, they are so practical. The scented oval would be great in a closet.
The designer and A.P.C. collaborator Vanessa Seward is the subject of this month’s Une Fille Un Style in Vogue Paris. I love her grown-up, ladylike style–no skinnies and sneakers on these pages. The matching grey A.P.C. sweater and skirt is a look I will copy (the skirt is sold out online), it’s a forever outfit. Here’s to hoping she makes a version of the off-white vintage Courrèges dress in an upcoming collection…
We have another deb ball, both of the girls’ birthdays, and Christmas all in the next two weeks, and weirdly, I’m not overwhelmed. Despite the fact that I’ve barely shopped, I’m completely Zen this December. It helps that we haven’t had to dig out of a snow storm yet, my kids have very few items on their lists, and Madame Paulette cleaned the dress perfectly after the first ball. Without the usual pre-holiday angst, coupled with my baffling procrastination, I’m thoroughly enjoying each event and party. However, my Christmas cards won’t go out until January—oh well.
Vintage wrapping paper © Lily Textile Creations
The Valentino designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, showed for the first time in New York last evening. The couture presentation of all white looks, an homage to the iconic 1968 white collection, was held at the former Whitney Museum of Art. I’ll take one of each, please.
When I was editing the KiC shop yesterday, I noticed that a pair of Gucci sailor pants sold out moments after they went in. Rope belts are everywhere too. Looks like we’re going nautical next spring.
Photography by Craig McDean for Interview
The only coat I bought this fall was a parka, which I’ve been wearing with everything. My duffels and furs are at the back of the closet, for now. But next fall, I think I’ll want something completely different. Looking at the pre-fall collections to date, I’m quite liking this grey and white wrap by Bottega Veneta, it’s super chic. And the Gucci shearling is a fun retro look. TBC.
Books are my favorite gift to give friends, and linens are my favorite gift to give myself. I met Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens a few years ago and felt like I was meeting the queen of linens herself. This book would make a great hostess gift.
Julia Roberts stars in Givenchy’s SS15 campaign. Although I miss her winning smile, I think she’s a great choice and love the classic boxy jacket and minimal hair and makeup—at 47 Roberts is more beautiful than ever.
Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott