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A Touch of Grey

Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, J.W. Anderson, Rupert Sanderson

Not only do I love a grey top— a bag, bootie, hat, or earrings in the perfect neutral would make me happy too.

All items in the KiC shop.

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VANESSA SEWARD

Dorian double-breasted checked cotton-blend tweed coat

GUCCI

Embellished quilted leather gloves

GANNI

Camberwell leopard-print linen-blend canvas jacket

FRAME

Le High straight-leg jeans

GANNI

Ipanema shirred halterneck swimsuit

LOEWE

Hammock small leather tote

SIMON MILLER

W006 Enid mid-rise wide-leg jeans

BLAZÉ MILANO

Silk and linen-blend blazer

K JACQUES ST TROPEZ

Fusain leather sandals

CEFINN

Belted muslin dress

JENNIFER BEHR

Black velvet bow barrette

MAX MARA

Belted cotton-twill midi dress

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On My Mind

Isabel Marant in the WSJ.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant photographed by Angelo Pennetta for the September issue of the WSJ.

Summer is starting to wind down– the days are cooler and a bit shorter. The giant September issues will be stuffed into mailboxes soon, a true heralding of the impending fall season. I asked Kristina O’Neill, editor-in-chief of the WSJ. magazine, the date her big fashion issue is slated to drop (August 24th). Kristina offered KiC a sneak peek and sent this image of my favorite designer, Isabel Marant.

In the accompanying article, writer William van Meter chats with the designer about the flourishing Isabel Marant empire, her focus on her work rather than her fame, and the mass copying of her popular sneakers. Although I’ve been a hard-core Isabel Marant fan since 2010, many fashion insiders have been devotees of the French designer’s clothes for nearly 20 years.

And here’s why. Marant’s effortlessly chic aesthetic is imbued with her bohemian spirit. The seemingly laid-back, yet hard working cool-girl, Marant tells the WSJ. that she’s inspired by “how women in the street wear things”. This inspiration is perhaps in part the basis for her wildly desirable designs.

Magazine on newsstands August 24th.

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Diamonds in the sky

After what I’m guessing will be a long day at a horse show, we are going to see Maroon 5 at the Jones Beach amphitheater (we have a 13 year old daughter…). An added bonus will hopefully be the Perseid meteor shower expected tonight. Can’t imagine a better spot to view this cool celestial event.

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A.P.C. for Fall

Vanessa Seward and A.P.C. teamed up for a third time with a fall 13 collection. Not sure if I actually like the clothes, or just the images. I find the pulled-together sensibility appealing.

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Change of Scenery

Courtesy of September Elle Decor

I don’t need a vacation. And this is a good thing since my younger daughter refuses to leave her horse for even a day so we can go away. Honestly, I spend so much time at horse shows here and upstate, being home is actually nice.

What I do need is to shake-up my work space. Working from the kitchen table is getting old, fast. So, I am reclaiming our formal dining table that seats 12 (and is currently folded up and being used as a side table) and putting it in the den. It will provide a large surface area to put out all the magazines, news papers, and other bits and bobs that are inspiration for future posts. My scanner can be out and ready too.

In the process I will need to do a major, and long overdue, clean out. And that’s not a bad thing either.

I gave away all my Mies van der Rohe chairs from my office at Harper’s Bazaar, kind of wish I had them now…

Is this the boot?

The over-the-knee boot is back with a vengeance.  Although mine are from 2010, they are perfection and I have no need for a new pair. But I don’t own any booties. I had my eye on the low, chunky-heeled version so popular the last few seasons, but did not get a pair.

Probably the chicest boots for fall 13 are these wedges by Isabel Marant. Will I add them to my wardrobe? Not sure– I can only imagine the looks I’d get doing the school run. With black skinnies and a big sweater, they are kind of amazing.

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Model Covers

Vogue September & Bazaar September Issues

Leave it to the English editions to put models on their September issue covers– Bravo! Daria and Natalia look absolutely gorgeous. I much prefer to see fashion on a model than a celebrity.

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Art

Alex Katz

The Red Smile by Alex Katz 1963

Top of my to-do list was to see “Alex Katz: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art” at the Nassau County Museum. This small, but mighty, solo show includes early landscapes, collages, and a number of the enormous portraits featuring the artist’s friends and family. The paintings of Ada, Katz’s wife and muse above, are my favorites in this must-see exhibition.

To complete my outing, I popped into Diane’s Bakery Café for lunch. Just down the hill from the museum, Diane’s is without a doubt my favorite lunch spot on the North Shore of Long Island.

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Comfortable Run-Around

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My recent post on Birkenstocks got me thinking, what would I wear them with? Didn’t take much to come up with the answer– I’d wear them with what I run-around in already. Ta-da!

Sweatshirt, Birkenstocks, JeansPendant, Sunglasses, Duffel.

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“You make my heart sing”

These Valentino pumps are the number one item on my must-buy, will-wear-forever list. I spied them in the pre fall 2013 collection lookbook and have been waiting for Net-a-Porter to get them in.

Evening wear is always a bit of a bugaboo for me. I’m not comfortable wearing the same dressy dress to numerous events where I invariably see the same people. Shoes are another story. Paired with a simple dress or tuxedo pants, these are perfect for repeat wearing.

I buy 1/2 size larger.

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