Young labels are having their day in the sun and these two lines, Bassike, which is designed by the Australian duo Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan above and Partow by Nellie Partow (pre order here) below, are winners in my book. Both collections are packed with evergreen looks—these are pieces with staying power.
Jamie panelled silk dress
Lila hooded checked wool-blend duffle coat
Sinclair sucked silk-crepe blouse
Collins draped silk skirt
Point-toe navy suede and leather chelsea boots
Doris cotton-gabardine trench coat
Color-block ribbed merino wool turtleneck sweater
Nirvy studded leather sandals
Avery oversized belted two-tone cotton twill trench coat
Scare Crow suede ankle boots
On My Mind
The second heat wave broke after the mother of all storms tore through here last evening. Just as I was sitting down to watch tennis, lightening struck and blew (as in destroyed) every cable box, a TV and Apple TV, lamps, the router, and the modem. At least it was raining so hard that the house didn’t catch on fire (always an upside:)
So, without my beloved CNBC “Squawk Box” this morning, I decided to do some organizing and put away summer items. GOOP just ran a great article titled “How to Make Your Investment Pieces Last Forever”, which I’m using as a guide to properly storing my summer clothes and accessories. When Madame Paulette (my fav dry cleaner) recommends hand washing cashmere, you know it’s spot-on advice.
Tom Ford kicked off NYFW with a chic and polished show. The silhouettes may be derivative of his early collections for Gucci, regardless, I love the headscarves (they look modern, not retro), impeccable trench, nude tote, and gorgeous shoes—all in a neutral palette. These are clothes for grown women—nary a granny getup, pithy tee, hideous print, an oversized body-swallowing look, or hint of athleisure wear in this collection—bravo!
Celebrated perfumer Lyn Harris of Perfumer H (formerly of Miller Harris) has chosen for the first time to collaborate on a bespoke retail fragrance with Laura Vinroot Poole, founder of Capitol in Charlotte, NC, to celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary.
I’m a huge fan of Ms. Harris, so when Ashley Wick (a former kic profile) sent me a sample of the limited-edition fragrance A Flower, I was eager to try it. This perfume is incredible—it’s as lovely today as it was when I first applied it yesterday. I’m thrilled to have found a new scent, a pursuit that’s often a challenge for me.
Yasmin + iconic pieces of jewelry = dream story. Vogue Paris hit the cover off the ball with the September issue.
Photography by Chris Colls Styling by Malina Joseph Gilchrist
Last fall I fell hard for a Saint Laurent shearling jacket (bottom image) but didn’t pull the trigger (it’s still available and on sale here and here). A shearling is still on my list, however I’m rethinking which length I’d wear most often. The duffel version by Mackintosh (also on deep sale) has caught my eye—Lord knows, I love a good duffel coat.
Mackintosh duffel, Saint Laurent hooded coat, Burberry trench, Dsquared2 jacket. Use code x20sept for Farfetch items (Saint Laurent jacket and Mackintosh duffel) for additional discount.
Top image V Magazine bottom Vogue Paris
On My Mind
We were on Martha’s Vineyard the end of August and weirdly the view from my desk was a dead ringer for our backyard at home. That aside, it was great to be away as a family before we take our younger daughter to college—the perfect end to a wonderful summer.
On The Hunt For
The heat wave finally broke and now, especially in the evening, it’s jeans and sweater weather. A longtime Frame fan, I’ve decided to step out of my wheelhouse and try other brands. So, I turned to my denim spirit animal, Spanish lawyer-turned-fashion consultant Barbara Martelo. The length and fit of these by Khaite (and here) and Re/Done are just how I like ’em.
Just as the heat wave rolled in, our watermelons were ready to be picked—all at once… Cubed with feta, basil, mint, and a balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect beat-the-heat summer salad.
Image © Nadine’s Nibbles
September Vogue Paris is the gift that keeps on giving—so many great stories. Above are three of my favorite images, which could also be my fall wish-list. An Hermès poncho, vintage cowboy boots, and classic jewelry would all be welcome additions to my wardrobe. The story on Yasmin Le Bon is divine—she is divine.