On my inspiration Board

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On my fall inspiration board: a nipped-in waist like the Sportmax FW21 campaign image, a bandana scarf bag à la Givenchy’s, and the Dary’s arm bracelet, in a story from September Vogue Paris, is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

September Vogue Paris image photographed by Michael Jansson & styled by Emmanuelle Alt

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Gucci Horsebit 1955 small bag

SAINT LAURENT

Belted wool-twill jacket

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Hooded virgin-wool duffel coat

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Belted distressed denim jacket

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Hooded velvet cape

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Hooded wool duffle coat

VINCE

Cashmere sweater

SACAI

Cotton-blend minidress

RAEY

Longline virgin-wool tunic

GIA x PERNILLE TEISBAEK

Tubular Leather Knee Boots

ALTUZARRA

Haines Ribbed-Knit Cardigan

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Monfumo Leather Hiking Boots

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An ‘Aha’ Moment Thanks To September Harper’s Bazaar

The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar is out and the FOB (front of book) is particularly good — lots to buy and how-to-wear tips. Recently, I was erroneously sent a men’s small cream crewneck sweater when I’d ordered a women’s small. I’ve been sitting on it because to return it to the middle-of-nowhere England via Royal Mail is a pain in the neck. When I spied this picture of Lauren Santo Domingo, with her fabulous Hermès Haut à Courroies bag (the Bazaar story is about the bag, naturally), I was struck by her oversized cream crewneck sweater. It looks great, and since I already have one, problem solved.

Photograph by Allie Holloway

On My Mind

Awaiting Henri

Flashlights? ✔️ Candles? ✔️ Wine? ✔️ We’ll batten down the hatches and then wait. When Sandy hit, we lived at the water’s edge, literally, and are here to tell the tale. With some unexpected idle time, I want to finish The Paper Palace, watch the second season of Modern Love, fine-tune plans to convert the dining room into an art studio, handwash some sweaters, and try a Sisley hair mask sample. Not a bad way to ride out this storm.

Bunny Williams’ art studio in her Connecticut house is my inspiration

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The Miu Miu Bonnet

I bought this Miu Miu bonnet/cap/balaclava in grey and I’m on the lookout for tan. I like this one because it’s trim to the head, can be worn under the hood of my parka, and it doesn’t look infantile. While searching for it, up popped a Miu Miu crocheted vest I’d whiffed on years ago — woo hoo!

On My Inspiration Board

I 🖤 Fall Fashion

Many September issues are out and I’ve been pulling images for an inspiration board. A quirky knit like the Miu Miu bonnet, camel coats, a snippet from Tiffany’s new ad campaign, and the dreamiest Chanel knee-length skirt are all getting me excited for a change of seasons.

Image top left September Vogue Germany, top right from Vogue‘s first global fashion story.

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Fendi Boots

Banging the beige boot drum, here. These by Fendi, in a September Vogue Japan story, are a pinky nude and look really good.

Photography by Camilla Akrans  Styling by Sissy Vian

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I 🖤 Beige Boots

Cream, ivory, beige, nude, tan — I love them all, even when it comes to boots. Before I cut down my still unworn, over-the-knee Saint Laurent pair, I’m looking for ones that are knee-high with a lower, walkable heel. @tineandreaa‘s boots are by Vagabond Shoemakers. Clockwise from top right: Gianvito Rossi, Bottega Veneta, Gabriela Hearst, Gianvito Rossi, Khaite, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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I 🖤 Beige Clogs

The Hermès beige clogs are my favorite SS21 purchase. These, by Isabel Marant, look great and are a kinder price point. Available here and here.

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Sacai Makes It Interesting

I post on Sacai often, yet only own one dress from 2012. I bought this knee-length Bottega Veneta skirt (it’s a tad Jane Jetson) and I’m trying these Gucci flats (I kind of regret not keeping the white ones last March) — both items are super classic and would benefit from an interesting top. Sacai ticks that box, especially this sweater and coat.

#Don'tOverPurge

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Am I going to wear the Bottega Veneta black mesh pumps again? Not sure. However, in the box, tucked beneath the mesh pumps, is a pair of Céline ballerinas from 2015. I’d sent the ballerinas to TheRealReal a few years ago; they were rejected and boomeranged back to me. Oddly, the elastic, that was originally intolerably tight, has eased a bit with time and they are now very comfortable. In a moment of synchronicity, Vogue posted that the ruched ballet flat is back big time.  #Don’tOverPurge