I mentioned yesterday that I am compiling my spring wish-list and the Balenciaga rings below neared the top. But after seeing the above picture in February Vogue, I realized that I am already half way there (1 Trinity, a signet and numerous stacked simple gold bands). I also prefer the mix of styles and placement.
Balenciaga SS13 rings
Gaia Repossi in her Barbere rings © Tommy Ton for style.com
Alexander Wang with models from his F2012 show © Harper’s Bazaar
It’s expected that Alexander Wang will be named creative director of French fashion house Balenciaga, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquiere. Although Alexander is a controversial choice, I loved his last two collections and am interested to see what he will do with the venerable label. If he brings his sleek, modern, and very wearable sensibility (without becoming too mass), we may all be in luck.
Photo © the NYT’s
It’s no secret that I am a ring stacker. So, when I saw these on the Balenciaga runway last week, I flipped. They are sold as a set per finger; I will take five please.
Marie-Amelie Sauve © James Lim for nymag.com
A little bit of industry insider info. This week, it was announced in WWD that former French Vogue editor, and one of our favorite chicest of the chic, Marie-Amelié Sauvé, has been named Senior Fashion Director at W. At KiC we are always harping on personal style versus being trendy. Sauvé has the former in spades. Sure she wears of-the-moment clothes (above in a new spring Junya Watanabe trench and Balenciaga bag), and it helps to have good friends like Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga (she served as Balenciaga’s stylist for years). But she is not a slave to any trends; we highly doubt you’ll ever see her in bright floral-printed pants or head-to-toe pink anytime soon.
Super-chic, modern and fashion-forward: she has that perfect style trifecta.
James Lim © nymag.com
James Lim © nymag.com
Fashion Director, ELLE
Samira photographed for KiC by Marko MacPherson. Celine sweater, A.P.C. jeans, Balmain boots and L.V. bag
We have both known Samira for years having worked together at Vogue ages ago. Samira has been tippy top of our list of chic women to profile as she has that spot-on personal style where everything she owns we want to have too. And now that she is the Fashion Director forELLE, we will all be able to follow her covetable fashion picks.
Born in Canada, Samira came to NY to get her masters in journalism at NYU. She assisted Grace Coddington at Vogue and then became a sought-after stylist in her own right. Samira mixes fashion-forward pieces with über classics and wears everything with an enviable nonchalance. Her personality is as warm and easy going as her style, a fashion diva she is not. When she showed up to be shot for KiC she was the epitome of modern chic and yes, we wanted everything she brought!
Tuxedo jacket: Celine and YSL(12) are my favorites.
Perfect t-shirt: I love Wang and Isabel Marant tees.
Perfect pair of jeans: I love A.P.C. jeans, Isabel Marant skinny slouchy,and vintage high-waisted Levi’s
A pair of Alaia heels(15) or Manolo Blahnik’s perfect pump
Pieces I will have forever:
My Balenciaga(13) and Celine motorcycle jackets
My Chanel tweed jacket
Hermes 30cm black Birkin(11)
All my classic Prada knits. If you’re looking for the perfect, simple,
well-made sweater go to Prada!!
Something old that looks new:
I have an old Balenciaga jacket with leather sleeves and a peplum that
I’m in love with again.
My old Balenciaga Barbour jacket (but it never looked old to me).
What inspires me:
Music: Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, and Miles Davis(5) just got me through my
recent move. I love old and new but go through phases.
Photography: Vivane Sassen (1), Ryan McGinley(4), Daido Moriyama, Bruce Davidson(3), and Lee Friedlander to name a few.
Books: Currently reading The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
Art: The work of Alexander Calder(6) and Richard Serra(2)
The idea of fearlessness. Total freedom.
Resort/Spring wish list:
From resort, I want Celine looks 2, and 9 (8&10)
From Spring, I want Balenciaga 23 (9)
Wish list for my new apt:
I would love a pair of George Nakashima side tables(7) for my bed, and a
Charlotte Perriand sideboard.
Thakoon Spring 2012 dress
Just when I had tasked myself to find more black day dresses, Thakoon presented this irresistible shift for Spring. Not only are the colors heaven but I am a big fan of the longer-hem-in-back trend. My new Balenciaga dress is cut this way and it is tremendously flattering. Actually, many of Cristobal Balenciaga’s dresses had a longer back and I wonder if this trend is a nod to the recent Balenciaga retrospective.