July 12th, 2014
In The WSJ

‘Five Ways to Avoid Shopping Mistakes’

WSJ

The sales are winding down, items are now 75% off their original price– the perfect time to make a regrettable purchase.  Meenal Mistry, Fashion Director of Off Duty in The WSJ, shares her strategies on how to avoid shopping mistakes, and she asked me to weigh in.

Thanks Meenal!

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July 11th, 2014
It Item

Backpacking

backpack chic

The backpack is now a full-fledged trend, and one I’m considering. Practical and comfortable, these are for grown-ups.  I’ll let you know if I go there.

The Row alligator, Stella McCartney grey, Marni, Jerome Dreyfuss, The Row mahogany, Alexander Wang.

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July 11th, 2014
On My Mind

Here And Now

Valentino

In the end, I did not buy a fringed piece. The Valentino sandals were tempting, but I didn’t pull the trigger. If I had, I’d be wearing them a lot right now because I’m not sure how fresh the trend will look come fall, let alone, next summer.

Image © Phil Oh for vogue.com

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July 11th, 2014
In The Edit

Lovely Lara

Lara StoneDutch model Lara Stone looks gorgeous in this story from The Edit. She reminds me of the curvier supes from the early 90s.

Lara Stone

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July 10th, 2014
In Memoriam

Eileen Ford

Eileen Ford

The pioneering model agent Eileen Ford died yesterday. My friend Neal Hamil and I were scheduled to have lunch with her this past December and sadly I had to cancel, I was snowed in.

When I started at Vogue as the Bookings editor (models and photographers), I was in my early 20s and Eileen looked out for me. I traveled far and wide with her and Jerry as a judge for their Ford Supermodel of the Year contest, and she thanked me in Hermès scarves. Frank and opinionated, I always knew where I stood with Eileen, which was refreshing. Christmas lunch at “21″, parties in their brownstone, and weekends in NJ. The end of an era.

July 10th, 2014
It Item

Overalls? Maybe…

VogueWhen they first made a comeback, I took a pass on overalls– too young, not always flattering. But, this pic of model Caroline Brasch Nielson could sway me. In cream with a neutral sweater is super chic, and ageless.

Image @ Phil Oh for vogue.com

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July 10th, 2014
in Vogue

Jessica De Ruiter

Vogue

Los Angeles based stylist Jessica de Ruiter tells Vogue ” I like things that have an element of the undone”. Me too, especially in the summer.

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July 10th, 2014
Valentino Couture

All Tied Up

Valentino

The Pre-Raphaelites were the inspiration for the Valentino couture collection. The crepe tunics bound with leather strips and paired with gladiator sandals were my favorite looks. A beautiful show.

Valentino

Valentino

Valentino

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July 9th, 2014
It Item

The Summer Scarf

Prada

Images © Tommy Ton for style.com

Miuccia Prada showed a long, narrow scarf in her pre-fall collection (on Alexa Chung and the campaign below), and it’s now the accessory du jour.

I mistook Caroline Issa’s snake-print vest to be a scarf when I pulled the image for this post… Oops

Prada

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July 8th, 2014
Home

Synchronicity

Day before yesterday, as I was considering these vintage metal bamboo-style chairs in a shop window in Vineyard Haven (I’m on Martha’s Vineyard), Mark D. Sikes posted on green and white. Now, I just need to get them back to NY.

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July 7th, 2014
Dior Couture

Floor-Sweeping

Dior

My friend and I started working at Vogue on the same day. It was early January, and although I cannot remember what I wore that first day, I certainly remember that Helen showed up in a floor-length mink coat.

Raf Simons showed a gorgeous passage of floor-sweeping coats in his latest couture collection for Dior. Although I usually wait until the end of the shows to do a round up, these stunning coats warrant their own post. I love the underpinnings of simple knits and classic trousers.

Dior

Dior

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July 7th, 2014
Miu Miu Resort

Okay, How About…

Miu Miu

How about the Miu Miu crocheted vest tucked under a coat? Not sure why, but I like it.

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July 7th, 2014
It Item

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Gucci

Nancy Sinatra could have been singing about these Gucci boots. At the tippy top of my fall list, I’ve bought both colors and heights and will decide when they get here.

Beige short, beige tall, Brown short, brown tall.

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July 6th, 2014
Miu Miu Resort

Feeling Groovy

Miu Miu

I love the crocheted vests in the Miu Miu resort collection. They look cool and cozy.

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July 5th, 2014
It Item

Skirt Chaser

Gucci, Marc Jacobs, BalmainSkirts were important last year, and even more so this fall. And there are lots of really great options, especially in the pre-fall collections. These are three of my favorite styles and lengths.

Balmain, Gucci, Marc Jacobs.

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