May 10th, 2021
On My Radar

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I hit my fashion stride in the ’90s and, even though I don’t spend much time looking back to the past, it’s an era I reference often and look forward to reading this new book. The Saint Laurent in red did me no favors, however, this jacket from the same brilliant SS21 collection could be good. Dining al fresco is here(!) and I’m adding to my beloved Wedgwood Napoleon Ivy pattern from Replacements. My friend Elizabeth Mayhew bakes the most exquisite cakes under the name The Dutchy — perfect for a spring luncheon.

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  • Preston though my references are more 70’s than 90’s I bought the White Saint Laurent 10 days ago , wore it immediately and then bought the black . They are perfect !!

    BrookeMay 10th, 2021  2:11 PM

     
  • The cakes are divine!!!

    AprilMay 10th, 2021  2:15 PM

     
  • I love The Dutchy Cakes – delicious and a work of art!

    LisaMay 10th, 2021  2:22 PM

     
  • That jacket , plates and cake are stunning. Brooke’s comment about wearing something and enjoying it immediately strikes a chord with me . When I get something new, I don’t want to save it. Now is the best time to enjoy it!

    karenMay 10th, 2021  2:50 PM

     
  • That book looks truly interesting! I can’t quite figure out why there is such a 90s obsession with so many of today’s young people. I don’t recall being this obsessed with the 60s or 70s in the 90s when I was graduating high school / in college. I wonder if it’s because it was the last era before the technology invasion? In many ways it was a more innocent carefree time and I am not envious of the many challenges Youth of today have have to navigate with social media. I Have a lot of admiration for today’s young people.
    Grace

    GraceMay 10th, 2021  3:22 PM

     
  • There were a lot of shocks of the new in the 1990s in terms of music, fashion, literature. PC culture was ascendant yet no where near as oppressive as it feels now. One needed to go into the city or at least Tower Records our your town’s equivalent to get the new Smiths album, the latest copy of the Face, and maybe go to Charivari to see the first Margiela clothes in person. So a lot of meaningful effort was made to check out these new trends for oneself, rather than just finding out about it on Instagram. It was a great time to be a young person and I’m glad not to have been born later.

    ChristineMay 10th, 2021  4:34 PM

     
  • Christine,
    Your comment transported me back to a place and time — gave me a palpable sense of past experiences. I was so busy in the ’90s — an editor at Vogue for the entire decade, and had my eldest daughter — I lived it, but had no perspective at the time. Maybe we never do until we look back. It was the best 10 years, and some of the hardest years, too. I never did learn to successfully balance life and work, they were one. My girls did homework backstage at shows and I took store bought cupcakes to school for their birthdays. In so many ways, the ’90s defined who I am today. Thank you, p

    PrestonMay 10th, 2021  6:16 PM

     
  • Thank you both Christine and Preston- both of your comments provide tangible memories ( tower records! ) and insights . And spot on observation about the oppressive nature of So much of some of the climate today. Things seemed lighter without the eternal memory of the Internet perhaps. It was a wonderful time to be young and I wish today’s young people could have some of the same carefree life ( I have a teenager so this is close to my heart) .
    Grace

    GraceMay 10th, 2021  7:26 PM

     
  • I agree with all of this, and it validates my feelings about our ‘oppressive culture.’ It says a lot that no one is laughing at anything anymore – there is no comedy to speak of, half the shows/movies from the 90’s would not even be permitted to hit the screens in today’s climate. The heavy hand of rules, virtual signaling, moral superiority lurking on every t-shirt is tiresome and cheats all of us – but especially young adults – of having our own ideas about things. Kids are walking on eggshells and are made to feel shame if they don’t fall in step. It’s not going to change unless courage prevails and grownups begin to call it out for what it is. I volunteer to go first. : ))

    PaulaMay 10th, 2021  10:56 PM

     
  • This. This is so nostalgic. Thank you
    I don’t feel old at 51 but a rear view mirror look to the ‘90’s is perspective. Slip dresses, my babies, music….picking up photography-its all so lovely to revisit

    And that green and white…crisp
    Dana
    Dallas

    DanaMay 13th, 2021  12:06 AM

     
  • My grandmother had a beautiful collection of Napolean Ivy china. I now have it…such a classic!!

    Dawn RochMay 14th, 2021  7:28 AM

     

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