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Opening Ceremony

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the brainchildren behind Opening Ceremony, staged their first O.C. runway show. I like what they did for Kenzo in Paris, but I really love what they showed yesterday under their own label. Very clever and wearable.

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CÉLINE

Sunglasses

AGNES BADDOO

Two-Toned Sac 1

J.CREW

Robin silk-satin shirt

MANOLO BLAHNIK

Pascalare 70mm boot black suede

APIECE APART

Merida cropped cotton-blend twill wide-leg pants

SAINT LAURENT

Triangle buckle skinny belt

GUCCI

Button-detailed grosgrain-trimmed stretch-jersey dress

GABRIELA ARTIGAS

Chain choker - yellow gold

CHLOÉ

Patch-pocket cotton coat

CHLOÉ

Mid-rise tailored wool-blend trousers

GUCCI

Fringe-detailed Horsebit leather slides

VANESSA SEWARD

Fergus belted canvas jacket

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Looks

My Fall Uniform

Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent

Starting with my favorite Frame Denim black pants from last spring, I’ve added the black Stella McCartney top. I am completely in love with the boxy shape. Don’t be discouraged if your size is sold out, I have sizes 0-6 at home as I want the perfect one and will return the other three. The top runs large so I will keep either the 2 or 0 (I am usually a 4).  I’m thinking of pulling out my camel-colored (gold) Birkin which has not seen the light of day in ages. The Saint Laurent duffle is beautiful, but I have challenged myself to buy only 5 items this FW, forcing myself to wear things I already have.  And these may be the booties. TBC

Watch and necklace

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A Nod to the 90s

I dressed just like this in the 90s and would happily go there again. This Rag & Bone look is a nod to minimalism without being retro– looks sharp.

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The Right Height

Aquazzura pumps at Net-a-Porter

As I mentioned yesterday, I am looking at colleges with my daughter. After a summer wearing Birks and K. Jacques, I stuffed my feet back into to “real” shoes and am practically hobbled. Whoever commented that 4″ heels would not be practical for running around was spot-on.  I was in 2″ block heels, which probably saved me. I put these Aquazzura pumps in the shop eons ago and I keep thinking about them.  With black pants and a sweater, they could be very chic indeed. And the height is right too.

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Fave Re-run

My fall uniform

Images © Paris Vogue

I am re-running this post from last fall because I am heading up to Cambridge, Wellesley, and Amherst  for college interviews before I take my older daughter back to boarding school just north of Boston. 

It’s not cool enough yet for this complete look, but I have been wearing my white jeans with a fisherman knit sweater (permanently borrowed from my mother) these past few days. Topped with a pea coat (mine is shorter), this will be my run-around look from now until spring. Add low heeled pumps or booties, and I can go to meetings straight from school drop-off.

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The Right White

Whites

Thankfully, the ban on white after Labor Day is a thing of the past. These pieces by Isabel Marant are meant for fall, winter, spring– all the cool seasons.

All items in the KiC Shop.

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Shorts and a sweater

This pic of Freja Beha wearing pieces from her collaboration with jeans brand Mother could not be more appropriate for the beginning of Labor Day weekend. Clinging to the last bits of summer, yet getting cooler– shorts with a sweater is my uniform as I run-around.

Labor Day is bittersweet. I try to enjoy the final moments of summer, but also get my girls ready for school. Did we go to the beach enough? Really relax? Yes and no. But it was a great summer regardless. And as my youngest reminds me every September 1rst, summer wouldn’t be special if it lasted all year.

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Tabitha Simmons in The Edit

I’ve been a fan of Tabitha Simmons’ shoes since she launched her line 4 years ago. The British designer is married to fashion photographer Craig McDean and lives in NYC with their two sons.  Long at the top of my list of women I would love to profile, this may not be necessary after this great Q&A from Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.

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Duffel Love

Derek Lam

Last week I posted on my favorite coats on offer for fall and concluded that a duffel would be my top choice. Either of these would be a great addition to my wardrobe. Although, I may wait for the Saint Laurent in grey.

Saint Laurent

Derek Lam and Saint Laurent

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Spa Day

Mario Badescu Spa

We are off to get back-to-school facials. I have been going to Mario Badescu for 20 years and swear by their services and reasonable prices.