December 19th, 2014
Art

Just Up The Block

Cooper Hewitt

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.

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December 18th, 2014
Spring Fashion

Moving Forward

Chloe

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

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December 17th, 2014
On My Mind

Shopping My Closet

Chanel 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 them each 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…

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December 16th, 2014
Calvin Klein Pre-Fall

Considering The Coat, Cont.

Calvin KleinFrancisco 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.

December 16th, 2014
Marc Jacobs Campaign

Bare Faced

Marc Jacobs

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

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December 15th, 2014
Beauty

Solid Scents

Diptyche

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.

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December 14th, 2014
In Vogue Paris

Vanessa Seward

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…

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December 14th, 2014
On My Mind

What Mad Dash?

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

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December 11th, 2014
Valentino Couture

The White Collection

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.

Courtesy @patmcgrathreal

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December 11th, 2014
In interview

Sailor Style

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

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December 11th, 2014
Pre-Fall

Considering The Coat

Bottega Veneta

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.
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December 10th, 2014
Books & Linens

Two Of My Favorite Things

Jane HodgesBooks 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.

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December 9th, 2014
Givenchy Campaign

Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts, Givenchy

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

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December 8th, 2014
On Tory Daily

Thank You Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch’s blog, Tory Daily, is one of my favorite sites, so I was thrilled when they asked to do a post on me.  If you want to know my favorite winter holiday activities, they’re in the Q&A.

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December 7th, 2014
It Items

Crossed Off My List

Celine, Saint Laurent

It’s now or never for some of the items that have been sitting on my list. So, when the sales hit, I snapped up the Saint Laurent Fair Isle sweater and Prabal Gurung scarf, two items I’ve had my eye on since last summer. I’m surprised that they were still around. However, I waited too long on the Céline hobo in chamois and it was long gone by the time I went to buy it. Instead, I picked up this one in beige and black—I’ve seen a number of spring bags in this color combo so I’m feeling a bit ahead of the fashion curve. And yes, I bought the platforms. Amanda Ross calls them my “Monster Mash” shoes, but they are a moment of madness I don’t regret. I bet I’ll wear them often in the spring.

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