Beauty

My summer standard

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The braid is the new bun. I tried a low, messy twist and felt a bit like an unmade bed. In the summer I let my hair grow quite long and a braid keeps it neat and tidy.

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ERDEM X H&M

Mohair-blend sweater

SAINT LAURENT

Charlotte medium leather bag

CÉLINE EYEWEAR

Kim square sunglasses

SAINT LAURENT

Charlotte leather-trimmed canvas bag

SAINT LAURENT

Classic Tribute 75 leather plateau sandals

TRE

Tori paneled boyfriend jeans

BOTTEGA VENETA

Lauren 1980 intrecciato leather clutch

CHLOÉ

Oversized wool-blend cape

JOSEPH

Den high-rise straight-leg jeans

AQUAZZURA + CLAUDIA SCHIFFER

Le Marais leather boots

SAINT LAURENT

Square belt bag

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Interior Designer

Leta Austin Foster

An early KiC follower and dear friend, interior designer Leta Austin Foster is one of my work ethic idols. Although she founded her eponymous design firm over 35 years ago, Leta is currently busier than ever. With interior design jobs all over the globe, an adorable Palm Beach shop, and a line of custom linens, Leta is constantly on the go. And the best bit? She’s a blogger! Leta’s site Decorating with Sheets is a fun read.

Lucky for me, Leta is up here hosting a linens trunk show tomorrow and Saturday. Beautifully embroidered linens are the ultimate hostess gift, and the fastest way to spruce up a summer rental is gorgeous hand towels and bedding.

96 Forest Avenue, Locust Valley, NY
Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm both days
showcasing beautiful printed and embroidered European linens for the home.
516.671.1620

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Fave Re-run

A la Riviera

This is one of my favorite posts that I am re-running because I am driving my older daughter to Vermont today for camp. Enjoy!

Straw market baskets, striped tees and espadrilles are all the rage this summer and I am more than happy to dress à la Saint Tropez. Or Capri. Any spot along that delicious French/Italian coastline would be fine. I am channeling a lavender-infused, bouillabaisse-simmering, Orangina-sipping, Paris Match-reading, Mediterranean summer.

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Show Status

L.V. = LOVE

The resort shows have been taking place over the past several weeks on a maddening non-schedule, and there’s no end in sight. I usually wait for the Celine presentation before I post a round-up, but Phoebe Philo decided to keep the resort collection under wraps.

Ho hum– I’ve liked a few things here and there, but found nothing terribly exciting until the Louis Vuitton collection today. And it’s a ‘wow’! The L.V. women’s design director Julie de Libran told Style.com that her inspiration this season was “the French girl”, a “sophisticated bohemian”. Sounds a bit like Isabel Marant, but that’s not a bad thing.

This is a very cool collection, I especially love the clogs.

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A new magazine

System, a new magazine edited by a group of fashion industry insiders, hit newsstands this week. The premiere issue has a thoughtful interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere, former designer for Balenciaga.

My favorite spread below from a profile on Azzedine Alaia.

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Rooms

Alfresco Envy

Summer makes me yearn for an outdoor dining table and this one, in the June issue of Lonny with Jaime King on the cover, is perfection. Jaime is pregnant with her first child; she stayed with me the summer I was pregnant with my first child. And oh was it hot. Boy did we wish we had a way to eat alfresco that summer.

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So, what’s next?

Next up, pre-fall. Pieces are slowly coming into the stores now. It’s coined the money-maker season for designers because the clothes tend to be less fashion-forward, i.e. wearable and evergreen. Here are my personal “hits” from this tiny, but mighty, season.

The cape is still a strong silhouette and the crocheted ones at Valentino are gorgeous. The Saint Laurent duffel would be perfect for running around.

The Calvin Klein Collection show was a stand-out in my book; I especially love the belting.

Black and white ruled the catwalks and I love the buttoned-up sensibility of The Row look left and Proenza Schouler right.

Four strong pants looks– Clockwise: Givenchy, Narciso Rodriguez, Celine, and Stella McCartney.

Need to be amazonian in height to carry-off the extreme layering trend this fall from Givenchy, Celine, Dries, and others.

Three sharp and wearable dresses from Thakoon, Proenza, and Narciso.

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Valentino does the Tan-go


I still wear my Valentino Tan-go pumps all the time and the house is offering them again for Pre-Fall.

I recommend 1/2 size larger.

Available at Valentino and Nordstrom

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Beauty

HYLNDS

Pronounced “highlands”, this new perfume line by D.S. & Durga, a married couple based in Brooklyn, intrigues me. From their website–“HYLANDS invokes those places on our planet where the otherworld seems nigh.  It is set in the mythical border regions of early Northern European cultures – Norse, Orcadian, Scotti, Celtic, Pict, Manx, & Angle.” The Yeatsian sensibility is more than enough to entice me to go to Barneys, the only stockist, and give them a try.

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Cuff Love

I did not buy the Balenciaga rings, but the cuff is gorgeous and would be nice with simple summer dresses. And it’s on sale.

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