Olivia Palermo, out and about recently, carrying a Chloe Alice Springs bag (named for the photographer Alice Springs, aka June Newton, wife of Helmut Newton?). I have been looking for a new bag and ordered a Givenchy shopper in black. But I like the Alice, it reminds me of the Fendi Chameleon a bit. But would I carry it if it doesn’t go over my shoulder? Hmm.
I do love Olivia’s Vince sweater and leather leggings- a very chic run-around look.
I have not bought a cocktail dress or evening-specific item since I-don’t-know-when. Daywear is my priority and that’s what I spend my money on. I buy three-season investment pieces that are somewhat classic. Perfect example, the cashmere poncho, above, which I will wear all year long (even over shorts and a tee on a cool summer evening). Ditto the perfect skinny jeans and cute flats.
Jeans, Current/Elliott; Earrings, Monica Vinader; Poncho, Inhabit; Tote, Sophie Hulme; Flats, Givenchy; Bracelet, Givenchy.
Left © Harper’s Bazaar, right © Style.com
Jennifer and I debate constantly about designers reissuing the same handbag style season after season. Do we like the Givenchy Pandora three years running, albeit in new colors and skins? The Celine Trapeze, same bag, new colorway? In the end, we do. We believe repetition creates classics. And classics are timeless. Much like an Hermes bag, which never goes out of style.
For the first time in a long time, I don’t need a fall staple- my grey Miu Miu coat is still perfect, ditto the beige Miu Miu boots from Spring and the Givenchy bottle-green tote will be better this year than last. So, I am free to just cull out my favorite bits and bobs from the collections and add them to my wardrobe.
Many of the Fall shows were really strong and there are a lot of pieces I would wear forever. After my Valentino Rockstud binge (I now have 5 pairs), I am ready for a plainer shoe and the Valentino low heeled pump with an ankle strap is it. I love everything about this shoe and will buy it in every color except red.
With a simple shoe, I will wear more embellished dresses and tops. The Isabel Marant dress and Altuzarra sweater fit the bill perfectly. They have great texture and prints, but are still neutral.
I have been on the list for an Hermes Collier de Chien in Barenia and gold for longer than I care to admit. Last winter, I almost broke down and bought one in dark brown and Jennifer talked me out of it- I’m glad she did. When the barenia came in recently, I was happy I waited as the color is very me. This bracelet will most likely be welded to my wrist this fall…
Finally, it is no secret that I am obsessed with this Hoorsenbuhs ring. It’s clean lines will work nicely with my Cartier Trinity and signet ring. It should probably be top of my list.