Valentino Resort

Valentino Resort: Classics Amidst The Chaos

Okay, I admit that I was one of the eye-rollers when I saw Alessandro Michele’s surprise Valentino resort collection yesterday. However, I agree with Robert Burke, luxury consultant and CEO of Robert Burke Associates, when he shared his thoughts on the collection with Vogue saying “I think if people say it looks like Gucci, really it looks like Alessandro — but done in not a Gucci way, in a much more refined, feminine sophisticated way.”  Yes, and there is a lot to love here.

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The Chloé Clog-Mule

I flipped when I spied the Chloé clog-mules on the runway in late February. A few weeks ago I bought a pair in black and love them so much that I just bought another pair in tan. They may not look it, but they are comfortable and walkable — a real win-win.

They run a tad large.

On My Mind

In Love With Linen

This outfit — on one of the gorgeous Danish Moosgard twins — is my summer inspiration. The white co-ord set of shirt and shorts paired with their Lié Studio earrings and black slingbacks is perfect for summer in a city. I’ve never been a linen fan, an unmade bed always comes to mind. But I have done a 180 and recently purchased a number of pieces from James Perse and Alex Mill. We leave for Martha’s Vineyard in a few weeks and then London. Linen feels right for both.

On My Mind

Thank You, Virginie

I am a fan of Virginie Viard’s feminine and wearable designs for Chanel — especially her shoes — and am sad to see her go. Pierpaolo Piccioli, recently of Valentino, gets my vote to replace Ms. Viard. After VV, PP to CC, please.

On My Mind

Current Mood: A Red Dress & Gold Sandals

Along with the summer temperatures came a summer mindset — I am not interested in uniform dressing or building a capsule wardrobe right now. A red dress, gold sandals, and a new fragrance that will remind me of the summer of 2024 are what I crave.

Top image courtesy the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar France

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Brown & Black For Summer

Memorial Day is in the rearview and many days have been in the high 70s. I already have my first bout of poison ivy, an indicator of time spent in the garden and meadow. Regardless, I am excited for summer and have put away all of my winter clothes, boots, and heavy woolens. Above are few things I’ve added to my warm weather wardrobe.

The Mint Velvet top and skirt are the foundation pieces for many of my summer outfits. I love these The Row sunglasses, but need to try them — they could be a tad too wide on my face. The small black The Row pouch (comes in chocolate, too) is my grab-and-go bag. It holds my phone, card case, keys, and glasses. When the Chloé clogs came down the FW24 runway on February 29, my heart skipped a beat. Chemena Kamali’s debut collection for the house is now available.

I got an xs skirt and the elastic is a wee bit tight, I’m letting it out an inch.

Resort 2025

An Evening Belt Bag

I have a number of Victoria Beckham items on my list and this belt bag, from the Resort 2025 collection, is now at the top. I never found the one I loved from Chanel, sadly.

On My Radar

Soeur x Lido

Soeur just dropped a swimwear collaboration with Italian beachwear line, Lido. Classic styles in fast-drying fabrics is a win-win in my book.

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Hermès Base Coat

I’m not a big nail polish person, but I do like my nails to look polished. After much trial and error, I tried two coats of the Hermès Base Coat finished with just the Hermès Top Coat. It’s a tad milky, yet not too white — I love how it looks.

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Miu Miu Moiré Pumps

So far, 2024 has been the year of the shoe. I’ve bought a number of pairs (returned a few, too) and The Row’s satin pumps are a favorite. So, when I spied these Miu Miu moiré pumps in Harper’s Bazaar, I popped into the store on 57th Street to give them a try. I have not worn them off the rug, yet — still deciding if I will keep them. On another note, I did not keep the Valentino Mary Janes. They run large and the strap was so tight and uncomfortable on my instep, sadly.