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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Hammock small leather tote


W006 Enid mid-rise wide-leg jeans


Silk and linen-blend blazer


Fusain leather sandals


Belted muslin dress


Black velvet bow barrette


Belted cotton-twill midi dress


Loulou wood and leather sandals


Leather-trimmed suede shoulder bag


Patchwork voile mini skirt


Roller peak-lapel linen-blend jacket


Shearling-lined ankle boots

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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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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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Am I crazy?

Three years ago when Karl Lagerfeld showed clogs for Chanel I thought ‘Hell no, not going there’. But, at horse shows everybody wears them and I started hankering for a custom pair in navy wool-felt with a red monogram to wear with jeans. Many of you say you live in clogs so, I’m going to take these Isabel Marant’s on a test drive. I’ll let you know.

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Frances Ha

Now that my older daughter is home from boarding school, I will drag her to see a long list of independent films. At the top is “Frances Ha”. I first saw Greta Gerwig in “Damsels in Distress”, and it looks like she plays an equally quirky character in this film.

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My Two Lives

Isabel Marant dress

I’m sure everyone can relate to this dilemma– I have two very different back-to-back events this evening, a flower show cocktail (pleasure) in the country and a Cartier dinner (work) in the city, and no time to change in between. What do I wear? Sometimes I feel like I lead two different lives and that I am constantly over or under dressed because I’m running from one thing to another.

The silk Isabel Marant dress from FW12 (mine is grey), and the Valentino ankle-strap pumps may be the way to go. For the record, I’m giving my Rockstuds a well deserved rest these days, only the sandals are in rotation.

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I Feel Pretty

The last few days have been blisteringly hot (hopefully not foreshadowing a scorcher of a summer), so I pulled out my little cotton dresses. The ones I love best right now are pretty and a bit feminine, not my usual A-line shifts.

A few weeks ago I posted on the fact that I prefer to run-around in pants and a reader reminded me that dresses really are easy and make you look pulled together, even when just popping into to the market.

Sandals; Bracelet; Dress; Knot ring; Sunglasses; Tote; Diamond ring.

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Inspired By

Deeda Blair in T

Deeda Blair photographed by Julia Hetta for T Magazine

Thank you T magazine for this extraordinary profile on Deeda Blair. Aptly described as a “science nerd packaged as a fashion icon” by Harold Koda of the Met, Deeda Blair embodies simple and restrained elegance– a style that never goes out of fashion.

Deeda photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue shortly after her wedding in 1961

A Polaroid portrait by Andy Warhol from the late ’70s

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