In my wildest dreams, I never thought the Bermuda bag would make a comeback. Thanks to the uber chic version that came down the Miu Miu SS17 runway, I may need to dust off my collection.
Top image courtesy ©vogueparis, bottom my bags, including my mother’s monogrammed, plaid one.
Emma Stone is a modern-day gamine on the November Vogue cover—her upcoming film “La La Land’ tops my must-see list.
Image courtesy @markdsikes
Guest Post By L.A. Artist Kathy Leeds
Inspiration images from ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Out of Africa’
By KATHY LEEDS
I’m a Los Angeles native, and have lived here until I made a temporary move to New York City, while my daughter was in college on the east coast. I loved my time there, and still visit often. But I always knew I’d be moving back in LA, where I’m now happily and forever ensconced.
I wanted to retain some of the polish and nod to fashion that I felt I’d achieved in NY, while staying authentic to my roots and lifestyle – a thoroughly LA woman. Comfortable, casual, modern, and like everyone, still a bit unique.
I was very flattered and surprised when Preston asked me to write a guest post on LA style. I’ve never thought of myself as particularly fashionable, but I do have a “look”. I’d describe it as essentially West Coast and a bit tomboy in its origins, but I think it works just about anywhere now. However, in LA you can wear it at night to any restaurant or dinner party, with a just a few tweaks to make it more “evening”.
In my admittedly ubiquitous uniform of jeans, tees, lightweight sweaters, boots and a bag, each Fall/Winter I make a few adjustments, that hopefully helps set me a bit apart. I buy and edit, paying attention to details and trends such as silhouettes, and proportions. I think this keeps my uniform both current and modern.
For a few seasons, I’ve been on the lookout for a special bag, a sort of signature piece and one that I wouldn’t see coming and going. I finally found the one while in Italy this summer on vacation. A bag makes a big statement in LA.
I do want to thank Preston, because her “Will I grab it from my closet?” has been the sentence that guides me in every single purchase I’ve made since I started following her blog, and the truer I stay to that question, the fewer mistakes I’ve made. I’ve always gravitated to neutrals, and minimalism in my clothing, so I stick to that. I also love to support designers from Southern California and buy as much as I can from Jenni Kayne, Kendall Conrad, and James Perse. My shopping mall is the Brentwood Country Mart, which I can walk or bike to, and has all three shops. Pippa Small has a shop there, too.
I’d love to share some of the updates I’ve bought in anticipation of our fall and winter. Boots have always been the first thing that I (and most of my friends) get excited about. I think it’s because we have so few items that are generally considered winter wear, we definitely don’t get as excited about sandals!
If you love Peter Lindbergh’s pictures, then pick up an October issue of Vogue Italia. Many 90s supermodels were cast for this multi-page story, and Julia von Boehm’s styling is really good.
My friend Navaz Batliwalla, editor of the fab site Disneyrollergirl, just released her first book “The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman.” To quote Navaz, the book “is a tribute to the kind of cool, discerning, grown up tomboys that I admire”. The fourteen women profiled in this thoroughly-modern style guide are indeed very cool, and they all embody “the duality of old meets new, luxury meets utility, masculine meets feminine”—the core qualities of a modern gentlewoman.
I’m urging Navaz to do a book signing in NYC- will keep you posted.
For the first time in a long time, I have a considerable spring shopping list. Over the past few seasons I’ve picked up an item here and there, but for SS17, I already know the pieces that I want, especially from PFW.
Clockwise: I have a grey Miu Miu coat from a few years ago that is so good I’d grab it in a fire—this one in camel looks equally as good. I fully intend to become a Dior woman and have circled this look. This Isabel Marant grey, belted tunic will be a seasonless forever piece in my wardrobe. And the Louis Vuitton show was sensational, I will start with these boots and go from there.
Spotted on a number of runways in Paris (Valentino- the show was sublime, Céline, and Hermès)—the micro-mini bag looks to be a SS17 trend.
This story, from the upcoming WSJ. Magazine, goes off the beaten path with some chic rugged styles. Prada hiking boots and argyle tights—bring ’em on.
Photography by Dan Martensen Styling by Ondine Azoulay
These Moncler boots (here and here) get my vote—love the Alpine feel and they remind me of the Italian Fabiano boots we wore as kids (sadly, no longer in business).
A fashionable hiking boot is a must for NYC winters. I was eyeing a Prada pair in Barneys, yesterday. TBC
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