British Vogue

‘A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi’

“What makes the French so chic?” queries British Vogue in this story on actor Isabelle Huppert. Elegant understatement gets my vote and Ms. Huppert certainly embodies this theory — especially with Venetia Scott’s styling and photography. The life-long Parisienne’s sage advice on getting dressed: trust your instinct, dress for yourself, and always leave something to the imagination — well said.

The bold red lip is on my radar…

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CELINE

Small Crécy bag in shiny calfskin

CELINE

Manon Wedge thigh boots

REMAIN BIRGER CHRISTENSEN

Diana ribbed wool-blend turtleneck sweater

PROENZA SCHOULER

Suede-trimmed textured-leather ankle boots

FRAME

Oversized Fair Isle alpaca-blend turtleneck sweater

THE ROW

Efo belted leather trench coat

TOD'S

Leather penny loafers

A.P.C.

Ethan oversized wool sweater

BURBERRY

Chelsea double-breasted cotton trench coat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bouclé jacket

JIMMY CHOO

Maxima 35 leather knee-high boots

WEEKEND MAX MARA

Origano sweater

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Vogue UA

Jo Ellison Inspired

I first noticed Jo Ellison, FT‘s fashion editor, in street style pictures from the shows (very bottom) — her LV jeans and Prada clogs caught my eye. The one-time British Vogue features director has a smart, witty writing style and her reviews are always spot-on. Vogue UA (Ukraine) profiled Ms. Ellison for the October issue and it’s fun to see her at home in London.

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YOUR FW18 FASHION FIX AT NET-A-PORTER

Fall Tweak

Fall clothes hit the stores in August and the sales are over a month away — perfect time for a tweak. NET-A-PORTER makes it easy with a 10% off code, FWFASHION, valid 10/2-10/11. Perhaps a great trench, slouchy or white boot, midi skirt, or bold piece of jewelry would be a welcome wardrobe addition right about now.

Khaite trench, Chloé choker, Gianvito Rossi slouchy boots, T by Alexander Wang satin midi skirt, Sophie Buhai hoop earrings, Givenchy white ankle boots.

It Item

Sweater Search

After posting this picture of Vogue Ukraine’s fashion director Julie Pelipas to Instagram, I tracked down her Joseph sweater. The Viviane is online and in UK stores now, and in US stores soon after that.

Image courtesy of Vogue

The Wall Street Journal

Investment Shopping

There’s an article in today’s WSJ about investment fashion pieces and calculating the CPW: Cost Per Wear. This way of thinking dovetails with my overly-careful-consideration approach to purchasing a big ticket item — I ask myself “will it go the distance.” The above Saint Laurent SS15 pea coat is a perfect example — I deliberated over buying it and left the tags on until I was sure. Now I can’t wait to pull it out as soon as the weather cools — this coat is a forever piece in my wardrobe and I never regret having spent a pretty penny on it. After three years of wear, the CPW is very low.

#dressfromthefeetup

White Ankle Boots x The Midi

When I posted on white ankle boots a lot of folks weighed-in with their thoughts on the trend, and most love it. I’ve always liked the look but wasn’t sure I’d wear them enough to justify the cost. Then I bought a black satin midi-length skirt that’s become a workhorse in my wardrobe and it would look great with a white ankle boot as seen below. NET-A-PORTER is spot-on: #dressfromthefeetup

Alexander Birman, Balenciaga, The Row.

 

Trend Alert

To a T-Strap

Does three make a trend? I think so, especially when it’s these three T-Strap pumps  by Manolo Blahnik left, Chanel top right, and Céline bottom right.

Images courtesy @barbaramartelo, @carolinedemaigret @carineroitfeld

My Music

‘Cornflake Girl’ Redux

Florence and the Machine recorded a fantastic rendition of Tori Amos’ 1994 hit “Cornflake Girl” for Spotify’s latest “Singles” sessions. The track is so good I think I prefer this version, and that’s saying a lot.

It Item

These Boots Were Made for Cold Weather

I had an ‘aha’ moment when I spied these Mansur Gavriel shearling-lined ankle boots. I have Penelope Chilvers Incredible boots with lug soles and No.6 clog boots, both shearling-lined, but these MG boots take it up a notch and fill a hole in my winter shoe wardrobe. Problem solved.

All colors here and here.

To-Do List

Fall Arts

Fall is the best season for all-things art and here is my to-do list:

Out this Tuesday, ‘Ninth Street Women’ by Mary Gabriel, a story that focuses on five female Abstract Expressionist artists “who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting–not as muses but as artists.” Helen Frankenthaler was in my mother’s class at Bennington and Mum tells hilarious stories about sharing a studio with the brilliant painter.

My dear friend Molly Pfohl Rand is an art consultant and I keep begging her to let me tag along on studio visits. The three images upper right, by the artists Serban Ionescu, Amanda Valdez, and Lauren Luloff, are on Molly’s Instagram feed.

Bottom pictures are from The New York Times’ story on Glenstone, a large private art museum in Potomac, MD. I have family in Maryland and will do a field trip the next time I’m down there.