This weekend the WSJ’s Off Duty section ran an article on holiday dressing that got me re-thinking my approach to evening-wear. The basic premise, that a special piece, i.e. a stand-out pant, blouse, jacket or skirt, is the new anchor item for an outfit. What’s missing? The dress. These past few years I have been singularly focused on dresses. They are so easy– you just add accessories and go. But this season the dress is back-burnered. Glamorous pants or a spectacular top ( blouse, tunic, jacket, etc) are in the spotlight.
The article’s other point, that an evening outfit should be a mix of pieces, some fancy and some not, is also really good. I used to have a gold Dolce & Gabbana pencil skirt that I paired with a T-shirt and heels. It was the perfect high-low evening look that may deserve a revisit.
Building an outfit around a fabulous top or pant may require a little more thought, but perhaps, that is what makes the look modern. After all, it’s often the smallest details, and how the pieces are put together, that defines one’s personal style. And personal style is the ultimate goal.
Not to be worn together, let one piece take center stage: Roberto Cavalli pants; Nina Ricci lace top; Stella McCartney lace pants; Marni embellished skirt; Isabel Marant brocade jacket.
loulou leather over-the-knee boots
Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot
Everyday tote small leather bag
Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater
Ridgewood corduroy trousers
Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps
Alice square-frame acetate sunglasses
Last week I had coffee with my friend Kristina at the WSJ. magazine. When she asked me what’s on my spring wish list, I couldn’t think of anything. Except these sandals. I love the red, the piping and the beige. They are from Resort, my favorite season (along with pre-Fall). And since I rarely wear heels over 3″, I bought a similar pair with a kitten-heel instead. My kind of perfect.
Givenchy sandals at Barneys.com or Stylebop.com
This is my favorite story from the December/January issue of Paris Vogue, guest edited by Carla Bruni. Malgosia Bela channels a gamine/boho-chic Carla-meets-Jane Birkin. Shot in a recording studio, the story’s title, Le ciel dans une chambre, is a snippet of lyrics from one of Carla’s songs.
I may need to copy this look above …
The pendants are good too.
Last week Pantone announced that emerald green is the color of 2013. Funny, green (emerald, bottle, olive, and army) has been firmly on my radar for well over a year. I still love and carry my bottle green Givenchy tote and recently, I cannot seem to get enough of the shades favored by the military. The pieces that I bought for fall, that really worked and are in heavy rotation in my wardrobe, are army green.
Oddly, I don’t want a jacket in this hue, it feels too literal and a tad unsurprising. But my Current/Elliott cargo-ish pants (bought 2 pairs on sale) and Givenchy wrap cuff are my new run-around staples. Army green, so neutral, goes with everything.
I’m in pretty good shape considering Christmas and both my daughters’ birthdays all take place in the next three weeks. A barn party and a vegan dinner are how we are celebrating the birthdays (both are teens this year), and Christmas is Christmas. Advent box, tree trimming, caroling with a gang of friends, pageant, stocking stuffing, wrapping, parties, egg nog, sugar cubes and a glass of milk left out for Santa and the reindeer, and of course, presents under the tree. I floated the idea of Christmas in a warm locale with little but our swimsuits and SPF, and my younger daughter was aghast. They want to be home, they want the traditions, and that is fine with me.
So while my girls are still in school and the holiday parties have not yet ramped up, I am going to relax, read (I am half way through JK Rowlings ‘The Casual Vacancy’) and see ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ this weekend. I hope it’s good, I really like Jennifer Lawrence.
Art Basel Miami kicks off today. A four day convergence of artists, collectors, gallery owners, and the fashion set. In it’s 11th year, the event seems to grow exponentially each season. As I was declining invitations to a number of goings-on, I started to reminisce about Miami and decided I am going to attend next year.
Although we try to go to Florida every winter to visit my mother in Naples and friends in Palm Beach, I have not been to Miami in ages. Last visit I was a judge at Ford Models’ ‘Supermodel of the Year’ contest. At the magazine, we would often go to Miami for a last minute, warm-weather (re)shoot. Something that could be done in a day, like a cover. Even when I was a child, our trips to Miami were brief. My step father was a television producer and we would pop down for a dinner or meeting.
So next year, I will go to Art Basel for a day. A great dress, sandals and swimsuit should be all I need. If I end up staying longer, I will check out The Webster and pick up something chic.
Isabel Marant dress; Pucci cover-up; Gold cuff; Alaia clutch; Maiyet sandals; Pucci bikini
Alexander Wang with models from his F2012 show © Harper’s Bazaar
It’s expected that Alexander Wang will be named creative director of French fashion house Balenciaga, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquiere. Although Alexander is a controversial choice, I loved his last two collections and am interested to see what he will do with the venerable label. If he brings his sleek, modern, and very wearable sensibility (without becoming too mass), we may all be in luck.
I know, another Vogue post, but this documentary, showcasing the work of the Vogue stylists (past and present), looks really good. In my day, they were called sittings editors and shoots were sittings. Regardless of their title, the effort these women put into the images is enormous and they should be recognized for their work. Vogue.com has a clip of the documentary.
In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye premieres on HBO December 6th
France’s former First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, guest edits the December issue of Paris Vogue. In one story shot by my fave duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Carla, 45, is as gorgeous as ever.
Guest editing doesn’t always work, but the previous Paris Vogue collaborations with Charlotte Casiraghi and Stephanie of Monaco are great and I still reference them.
I am not sure why I didn’t include her in the group shot to celebrate Vogue’s 100th anniversary. Regardless, she will always be one of the original supes in my book.
Top of my gift-giving list is Grace’s recently released memoir. We worked together for 10 years and I can attest that Grace is a true force of nature, tempered by her wicked sense of humor. Exacting and forthright, like Anna, she made my job easy because she knew what she wanted. I am thrilled that she finally put her thoughts and sketches into a book.