In all the years that I’ve edited kic, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a summer must-haves collage without including a straw market basket—I even give the small ones as hostess gifts. Well, move over straw, these Dragon Diffusion woven-leather rattan totes look fresh right now.
Net-A-Porter is offering 10% off full priced items as a spring treat. These are a few pieces that I’ve been eyeing and a discount would be very nice indeed. I love that the slingback has a block (not kitten) heel, the blazer is just downright gorgeous, I have the bow in velvet and love how easy it is to wear, the Toteme trench is classic with a twist, and the chain belt on this bag is chic in a late ’80s sort of way.
The offer runs from today until March 26th and can be used for three transactions, just enter the code STYLE10.
A few weeks ago Claire Thomson-Jonville (top left), editor in chief of Self Service Magazine, posted on Instagram that she is collaborating with the Parisian label Pallas and used the hashtag #lesmoking. The resulting capsule collection launches in June and Ms. Thomson-Jonville spoke with Vogue’s Mark Holgate about her inspiration for the line. From the three images above, they look like classic wardrobe staples.
Image of Claire Thomson-Jonville from Instagram, Pallas images courtesy Vogue.
There’s an article on BoF that poses the question “who will dress the Philophiles?” and mentions that the resale market for Céline is hot right now. So, I’m wondering if I will ever wear the platforms again and maybe it’s a good time to weed out some of my bags. Both Vestiaire Collective and The Real Real are good options.
Drumroll please—along with the iconic bags (Trio, Frame, Cabas, Classic, Belt, Luggage, etc.), a small Big Bag, exclusively in burgundy, is one of Céline’s first items to be sold online at 24 Sèvres. There’s also jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and ready-to-wear, all from SS18, Phoebe Philo’s final collection for the house.
Having never worked in a traditional business environment, I am not hardwired to wear a suit. When I was at Vogue, Grace Coddington wore perfectly tailored suits to evening events and always looked polished and pulled-together. And, last evening my friend Gigi wore a trim black suit to a cocktail party and was the chicest woman in the room.
So, I emailed Gigi and asked her why a suit is her go-to:
“I love a suit for both day and night! I have many because those are the items I get the most use out of.
For daytime it’s a simple black or navy suit with a slim, ribbed top underneath or a wool houndstooth with a cashmere sweater. I like a flat shoe and minimal jewelry during the day, often just my watch, wedding band and a pair of small gold hoops.
At night I dress up the those same suits with a silk blouse and sling backs or for a dressier event I choose from one of my three black silk suits and wear with a silk shoe and small structured silk clutch, both in black. I keep the jewelry simple; just a pair of antique sapphire earrings or a dinner ring, never both. If it’s going to be a more festive evening the shoes and bag will be in a fun color or with a jeweled toe or heel. Since the shoes and the bag draw a lot of attention the jewelry is simple or none at all. Makeup is natural and hair is freshly blow dried.
What could be easier? Or more chic?”
I realize that I’ve never owned a suit—blazers, yes, and matching tops and bottoms, but not a finely tailored, menswear inspired jacket and pant. If I ever wanted to try one, now is the time and Gigi is my inspiration.
I borrowed the title of this post from the Louis Vuitton show review on WWD—it’s apt. Nicolas Ghesquière reportedly designed the FW18 collection with his elegant and proper female family members in mind. Maybe it’s my age, or that I’m tired of everyone looking like they’ve just been to the gym, but this collection really appeals to me.
After 20 years casting models for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and fashion shows, I wanted to spend more time with my daughters. KiC is my way to share my thoughts on fashion and style. I believe style should permeate every aspect of our lives — from home, to family, to where we go, and naturally, what we wear — especially when we're just running around. — Preston Davis