Zara FW17 Campaign

Mix it Up

Zara is my favorite fast fashion fix, and over the years I’ve found a number of great items. The trick is to choose carefully and never wear a look head-to-toe—it’s all about a high/low mix. The stunning FW17 campaign shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Karl Templer showcases a number of pieces that would slide nicely into my wardrobe.

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BURBERRY

Pleated checked wool midi skirt

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

Checked wool blazer

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

High-rise straight-leg jeans

MONCLER

Blanche leather ankle boots

SAINT LAURENT

Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag

PRADA

Double breasted coat

PRADA

Flared corduroy trousers

SAINT LAURENT

Square belt bag

PRADA

Flared corduroy trousers

SAINT LAURENT

Off-the-shoulder smocked satin top

PRADA

Tie-waist cotton-corduroy coat

SAMUELE FAILI

Siria suede mid-calf boots

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Matches Fashion

Stylist Annina Mislin

Matches Fashion does great profiles and this one on Swiss-born LA-based stylist and consultant Annina Mislin is no exception—I love her quiet elegance.

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Jennifer Ash Rudick’s Favorite White Jeans

Jennifer in Southampton with her daughter Emmy.

I’m on the hunt for new white jeans and asked a few of my uber stylish friends to weigh in with their favorites. Seventh up, Out East author and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Jennifer Ash Rudick:

“Having grown up in Florida, my relationship with white jeans has been long and sometimes sordid. Some had stamina, including basic Levis that saw me through a summer internship at The Norton Museum. Others were poorly thought out, chosen on impulse to fulfill too particular a craving that never translated beyond their circumstance – extremely wide-leg sailor pants purchased in Normandy, France, following an afternoon involving Calvados comes to mind. Throughout the years, I’ve professed ever-lasting love to Lee, Wrangler, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, and Helmut Lang. I’ve committed to and eventually grown weary of hip-huggers, high-rise, straight-leg, peg-leg, and super-skinny styles. It was me, not them.

Last Spring, I swore off white jeans for good, buying two overpriced dresses for summer publication parties while on a trip with childhood friends who related to the white pant addiction, “try something more inspired,” they confirmed.” The night of the first book signing, as I slipped on a dress, my husband said, with discernable enthusiasm, “no white jeans for a change?” At that moment, I felt estranged from myself, like an imposter. I retreated to my closet where a brand-new pair of Mother jeans were hidden – just in case.” Jennifer

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

The belt bag has been back on the fashion radar for a few seasons and is picking up steam. I dug out this ’90s Chanel, which I proudly wore with a Prada parka way-back-when. Now I really want an updated, casual version to wear with jeans and a slouchy sweater, so I asked Agnes Baddoo if she could convert one of her soon-to-be launched Poches into a belt bag.  Lo and behold, she was already one step ahead of me…

 Voilà! The Agnes Baddoo Belt Sac will be available in September.

The Gucci belt bags (also here and here)are cute.

And Clare V. makes nice, well-priced ones, too.

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The Black Stretch Headband

A ’90s staple, the black stretch headband is having its moment. Toteme makes a nice one top, and The Edit story on Guinevere bottom credited the hair band as “stylist’s own”. My favorites are a tad narrower and by Goody—just sayin’.

WSJ. Magazine

‘Artist Conie Vallese Showcases This Fall’s Collections’

WSJ. Magazine’s August issue won’t be on newsstands until August 5, but you can see all of Josh Olins’ beautiful pictures of artist Conie Vallese wearing some of the best fall fashions online, now. Ludivine Poiblanc’s styling is spot-on, as always.

The Bottega Veneta belted jacket in the 4th image just zoomed to the tippy top of my fall wish list—will post when available…

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Vogue Paris

‘Hot Dogs’

I am a dog person so it’s no surprise that I’m smitten with this story in August Vogue Paris. The entire issue is devoted to animals—chic!

Photography by Terry Richardson    Styling by Geraldine Saglio

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Shirin von Wulffen’s Favorite White Jeans

I’m on the hunt for new white jeans and asked a few of my uber stylish friends to weigh in with their favorites. Sixth up, Bastide co-founder Shirin von Wulffen:

“These are my favorite white Chanel jeans that I found years ago in a vintage store in St Tropez and always thought they were a bit short. Then I got pregnant and they did not fit me for about 4 years so I almost tossed them. Now they are back in my life and I am suddenly loving the cropped thing and high waist.” Shirin

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FW17 Campaign

Bottega Veneta at Lee House 2

Tomas Maier is a huge architecture fan and chose Lee House 2 for the Bottega Veneta FW17 campaign location. Built in 1956 by famed architect John Black Lee who is often referred to as the sixth of the famous “Harvard five” architects, which included Philip Johnson, John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, and Eliot Noyes. Lee House 2 was restored in the nineties by famed architect Toshiko Mori followed by a final restoration in 2010 by Kengo Kuma. Maier said to Keep it Chic “I love architecture, which is why we always shoot our campaigns in world-renowned buildings. Since Spring/Summer 2017 was shot in a Paul Rudolph house in an urban setting, we had to find a structure that would match that level, and I knew Lee House 2 would deliver. The fact that it snowed gave the models, the clothing and the architecture an additional dimension.”

“Mixed Messages”, the first video for the house in a series entitled “The Art of Collaboration”, stars Mariacarla Boscono, Eva Herzigova, and Grace Chen and is filmed at Lee House 2.

Photography by Todd Hido

Cool Collaboration

Bella Freud x J Brand

The very cool collaboration between British designer Bella Freud and J Brand is just the right amount of retro chic—I already have my eye on two pairs of jeans. The jumpsuit unzipped over a classic Bella Freud word-print tee is nicely styled. Vogue has all the looks here.

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