Cool Collaboration

CTJ x Pallas

A few weeks ago Claire Thomson-Jonville (top left), editor in chief of Self Service Magazine, posted on Instagram that she is collaborating with the Parisian label Pallas and used the hashtag #lesmoking.  The resulting capsule collection launches in June and Ms. Thomson-Jonville spoke with Vogue’s Mark Holgate about her inspiration for the line. From the three images above, they look like classic wardrobe staples.

Image of Claire Thomson-Jonville from Instagram, Pallas images courtesy Vogue.


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Kellen ribbed cotton-blend tunic


Brixton horsebit-detailed leather collapsible-heel loafers


Emma shirtdress


Eva silk crepe de chine blouse


Linen-blend culottes


Crossover velvet flatform sandals


Quant leopard-print calf hair ankle boots


GV3 small textured-leather and suede shoulder bag


Almeria leather wedge espadrilles


Patch-pocket cotton coat


Bilbao mini tote


Ginger embellished two-tone textured-leather pumps

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On My Mind

Time To Sell?

There’s an article on BoF that poses the question “who will dress the Philophiles?” and mentions that the resale market for Céline is hot right now. So, I’m wondering if I will ever wear the platforms again and maybe it’s a good time to weed out some of my bags. Both Vestiaire Collective and The Real Real are good options.

It Item

Ta Da! Céline’s First Online Items

Drumroll please—along with the iconic bags (Trio, Frame, Cabas, Classic, Belt, Luggage, etc.), a small Big Bag, exclusively in burgundy, is one of Céline’s first items to be sold online at 24 Sèvres. There’s also jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and ready-to-wear, all from SS18, Phoebe Philo’s final collection for the house.


It Item

Am I a Suit Woman?

Having never worked in a traditional business environment, I am not hardwired to wear a suit. When I was at Vogue, Grace Coddington wore perfectly tailored suits to evening events and always looked polished and pulled-together. And, last evening my friend Gigi wore a trim black suit to a cocktail party and was the chicest woman in the room.

So, I emailed Gigi and asked her why a suit is her go-to:

“I love a suit for both day and night! I have many because those are the items I get the most use out of. 
For daytime it’s a simple black or navy suit with a slim, ribbed top underneath or a wool houndstooth with a cashmere sweater. I like a flat shoe and minimal jewelry during the day, often just my watch,  wedding band and a pair of small gold hoops. 
At night I dress up the those same suits with a silk blouse and sling backs or for a dressier event I choose from one of my three black silk suits and wear with a silk shoe and small structured silk clutch, both in black. I keep the jewelry simple; just a pair of antique sapphire earrings or a dinner ring, never both.  If it’s going to be a more festive evening the shoes and bag will be in a fun color or with a jeweled toe or heel. Since the shoes and the bag draw a lot of attention the jewelry is simple or none at all. Makeup is natural and hair is freshly blow dried.
What could be easier? Or more chic?”

I realize that I’ve never owned a suit—blazers, yes, and matching tops and bottoms, but not a finely tailored, menswear inspired jacket and pant. If I ever wanted to try one, now is the time and Gigi is my inspiration.


Profile On

Agnes Baddoo x Dôen

Handbag designer and kic contributor Agnes Baddoo is profiled on the Dôen site. Funny, the last time I profiled Agnes she was in a Dôen dress—they’re a good match.

On My Mind

March To-Do List

March = spring break and my daughter and I will be in Washington D.C. for a few days. We’re staying at The LINE DC, a boutique hotel that’s a converted century-old church. The Sally Mann exhibition at The National Gallery of Art tops my to-do list while there. I’ll tuck Caitlin Macy’s “Mrs.” into my bag, it came highly recommended.

I don’t know If I’ll get to see the previews this month, but “Three Tall Women” and “The Iceman Cometh” are don’t-miss plays.

Louis Vuitton FW18 Collection

‘Jolie Madame’

I borrowed the title of this post from the Louis Vuitton show review on WWD—it’s apt. Nicolas Ghesquière reportedly designed the FW18 collection with his elegant and proper female family members in mind. Maybe it’s my age, or that I’m tired of everyone looking like they’ve just been to the gym, but this collection really appeals to me.


Matches Fashion

Robin Wright

Robin Wright looks fantastic in this suiting story on Matches Fashion. The actress talks about her past and present roles and a new sleepwear line Pour Les Femmes, which has a charity bent.

Photography by Alexandra Nataf   Styling by Natalie Brewster

FW18 Collection

The A.P.C. Trench

When I was hunting for the perfect denim skirt, I found it at A.P.C., so it’s no surprise that this trench from the FW18 show styled by Suzanne Koller looks like the one.

Academy Awards

Fabulous Frances

For the first time ever, I stayed up for the entire Academy Awards and I’m glad that I did. I’d seen many of the films this year, all of which deserved awards. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Frances McDormand—her win made me feel like I’d won, too. To quote The Telegraph “she is, quite frankly, really, truly cool.”

Image © Vogue