September 7th, 2012

When in doubt, wear black

The Paris Vogue team at Fashion Night Out in Paris ©

And they’re off! The shows have begun in New York and the gang’s all here. Even though I am fully aware of the show schedule, the Spring shows always catch me off guard. They start just as we are returning from vacation and getting the kids back to school.

In an attempt to be prepared, each August I buy a few pieces to update my wardrobe. This summer I successfully snagged the accessories I had my eye on, but I seriously whiffed it on clothes. This is partly due to the Fall delivery schedule and that many runway pieces are not in stores until mid September. It’s also too warm to pull out the great new Balmain sweater and cool-weather pieces I bought. But these are just excuses. This year I clearly dropped the ball and have nothing new to wear this week.

What to do? Do what the Paris Vogue girls do- wear all black with my fab new Valentino Tan-gos, fringed booties and Hermes Collier de Chien a la Emmanuelle Alt.  Ta da!

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Reversible shearling coat


Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt


Shearling sneakers


Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress


Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps


Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat


Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse


Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals


Tuxedo box clutch


Nolia crepe midi dress


Stretch-suede 70mm bootie


Felix large leather and suede shoulder bag

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  • ALWAYS my motto!

    Lisa EastmanSeptember 7th, 2012  7:47 AM

  • Oh I love it: whiffed! Perfect word.
    I agree, when in doubt (or time crunch) I use standout accessories with a black or grey base. I’m just heading off for a shopping weekend with my sister and though I intend to buy clothes, the chances are excellent I will return with mostly accessories.

    SueSeptember 7th, 2012  9:33 AM

  • Black simply manages to convey the epitome of chic, in addition to an air of authority and is fool-proof.
    Although I shamelessly flirt with other colours and my second love, animal prints, I always to ‘back to black’ and focus on accessories

    YitkaSeptember 7th, 2012  9:58 AM

  • Black is always chic and my go-to. I think it is so important to have a few perfect black pieces that you can wear when you’re undecided or in a rush.
    Hope you will post some pics from Fashion Week!


    CaitlinConfidential.Blogspot.comSeptember 8th, 2012  8:38 AM

  • This is my motto exactly. My closet is filled with black or white. White is my spring & summer uniform and black is fall & winter. Never can go wrong either way! Great post!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

    Jamie HerzlingerSeptember 9th, 2012  10:19 AM

  • Lisa E and Preston you ladies look beautiful in black with your gorg blond hair!! 🙂

    JamieSeptember 15th, 2012  11:41 AM


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