Jennifer’s post yesterday made me realize that I am a tad over a styling trick I call “the tuck”. A better name would be “the Emmanuelle” as it was popularized by the uber chic Paris Vogue editor. My eye is starting to prefer the oversized sweater/top completely untucked over a trim pant. Worn this way, the generously sized sweater looks comfy and a bit like a tunic.
Florence of Florence and The Machine in Gucci
I saw Florence and The Machine last weekend and loved her dress (voice, spirit and joie de vivre). Florence skipped barefoot around the stage throughout the entire performance. The dress, designed by Gucci (they have done all the clothes for her tour), was long, flowing and slightly goth. And the best bit was the ribbon belt with long ties fluttering down the back. It was simply sensational and makes me want to love Gucci again.
Photo © FabSugar
A few friends emailed me after I ran a post on ankle straps to say that they would not wear them as they shorten the leg. I responded that a pair in nude would solve this problem, but I like Emmanuelle’s pairing them with pants too.
Photo © Paris Vogue
Everyone has been jumping on the anti wacky-show-getups wagon and I have to agree, sometimes just black is really lovely.
From top left: Isabel Marant Fall 2012; Paris Vogue editor Geraldine Saglio with Emmanuelle Alt; Alexa Chung; Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013
Last fall I fell hard for the classic pump. It’s return, after what seemed like years and years of wedges, was very welcome. I bought a black suede pair and another in caramel patent and wore them both to death. I refrained from buying a simple white pump, but it still lingers on my list.
This season I am still in love with the pump, but one with a thin ankle-strap. Fortunately, there are many to choose from.
At the couture shows in Paris it is always fun to see what everyone is wearing, because they all “dress”. But what I liked most as I looked at last week’s street style pics, was that the French women looked as if they had forgotten, or more likely, ignored, the season’s “trends”. Trends that so many other women–Americans, Russians, Italians–seemed to pile on to the point of looking like walking Runway Reports. Prints! More Prints! Dangly Earrings! Fluorescent!
Not that the French women didn’t look super modern, because they did. And some of them seriously pushed the style barometer. But they did it in their own way. Which is what I call having style.
At the couture shows © French Vogue
Lately, I seem to be stockpiling blue button-down shirts: a classic one from agnes b., a lighter voile version from J. Crew, a oversized peasant shape from MIH, even a pretty good one from Old Navy and a men’s one from H&M to wear as a beach cover-up. Blue shirts have become a minor obsession. Why? I can’t really say. Maybe it’s because they look good with everything and sometimes white is just too straightforward.
Emmanuelle Alt © Vogue. com
There are a few things that take one back to a specific place and time. Songs, scents, flared jeans- these can all instantly evoke potent memories. The Cartier Tank also does this for us. For both of us, it was our first watch. (Jennifer still has her Must de Cartier version buried somewhere in her jewelry box.) As teens it was the watch worn by style icons like Princess Caroline of Monaco and Jackie Onassis.
Cartier Anglaise in white gold
Tonight we are going to a dinner hosted by Cartier for the launch of the Tank Anglaise. Like the Anglaise, Jennifer and I both wear Cartier watches with metal bracelets (ours are yellow gold). However, and independently of one another, we have been thinking of going back to a watch with a leather band (this is why we make great KiC partners). A Tank with a leather strap is sporty and understated, but the Anglaise in white gold is pretty tempting too.
The best excuse to splurge on a new one? A Cartier watch is an ultimate pass-down heirloom because it never goes out of style.