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Tis’ the season when there is no doubt at least one benefit lunch or cocktail party, wedding, or graduation is on most people’s calendars. Instead of panicking day before, Preston and I usually each buy one or two dresses for the season that will work for more than one occasion and can be worn day or night depending upon what you pair it with. (In our books it’s always okay to wear something more than once. In fact, if you’re spending a decent amount of money, it’s rather gauche if you don’t.) A dress, instead of a suit or a long gown, is easy, feminine, and more pragmatic (even a printed dress, which we are both partial to). If you haven’t given what you’re going to wear a thought, here are a few ideas.
Elle on a school run
Like Jennifer I am doing a bit of spring shopping and will buy mostly from the resort collections. I am waiting for a Celine top and skirt and a Derek Lam top (that I already know will not be right). However, now that it is cold my recent purchases are in the spotlight. Even though I loved a lot of the fall offerings, I bought carefully and for the most part am thrilled with my purchases.
I cannot wait til these leopard-print pony skin loafers that are currently featured on Vogue.com, hit the floor at Bergdorf’s next month. Designed by Alessandra Lanvin (she is married to the grandson of Jeanne Lanvin, the original Lanvin designer eons before Alber Elbaz rocked the label) and Geraldini Bassani Antivari.
I’m kind of tired of my Lanvin ballet flats (sorry Alber!) and the Belgian loafers which Preston lives in give me small foot. (I bought a brown suede pair but never wore them. To Preston they went.)
I’m hoping the Aperlai will be just right, because I’m going to need a break from the four inch Lanvin platform sandals (see, I still love you Alber!) I just ordered.
It was a long hot summer but I am still surprised that it is September. One daughter is off to school already and the other is counting the days with a mixture of joy and sorrow.
1) Going to Boston to see Mother and hear Diane McManus Jensen speak about her new book The Art of Collecting in which my mother is profiled.
2) Lunches with girlfriends. Trying to get dates on the calendar before everyone gets so busy.
3) Going to the Accessories Bazaar that Harper’s Bazaar has put together to see my friend Dean Harris and his gorgeous jewelry.
4) Read Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections as recommended by Jennifer.
5) Cannot wait until it is cool enough to wear my new Lanvin boots!!