When I worked in an office, I kept a drawerful of comfy shoes. Tod’s Gommino Driving Moccasins were a staple. They were great indoors, outdoors not so much — the nubs wore off too quickly and the lack of support was an issue. A few days ago, I popped into a Tod’s store and discovered the City Gommino Driving Shoe, which has a rubber sole — aha! Not as slouchy as the original, but just as good-looking. I bought two pairs for my daughter and a pair is on its way to me.
Park small grained-leather shoulder bag
Logo-embellished leather loafers
Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt
Cropped crocheted cotton-blend wide-leg pants
Amuko leather-trimmed suede tote
Crochet-knit cashmere, wool and silk-blend mini dress
Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress
Gate knotted leather slippers
Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat
On My Mind
I’m in Rome visiting my daughter. I’ve only ever been to Rome with my mother; we would stop here for a day or two on our way to someplace else (like Egypt or China). As we wander around the city, I think about those earlier trips and how I am doing many of the same things that Mother did with me — it makes life feel like a lovely continuum. When I bought a pair of Tod’s loafers for my daughter this morning, I knew that they would become a memento of this trip, a tangible memory like the Gucci bag my mother bought for me ages ago. And, it’s the memories that really matter in the end. Thinking of you, mum. xjp
Hedi Slimane’s Celine FW22 collection film, released two months after Paris fashion week, is a must-watch. The coolest jeans and leather pants under to-die-for jackets and coats and finished off with high-heeled booties — gorgeous. WWD said of the collection “eminently wearable and nonchalant yet elegant” — hear, hear.
I’m a huge fan of a tunic and matching pant and this strapless St. Agni version is stunning — it’s Lauren Santo Domingo to a T. With a bit of volume removed from the pants, I could wear this, too.
My packing process is pretty simple, but not helpful to others: I only take a carry-on, so I don’t take a lot of stuff — only items that I know I’ll wear, and will be happy to wear often. When I saw this excellent list of packing hacks in the W.ICONS weekend newsletter, I had to share. Also, GOOP’s The Rome Guide is spot-on.
I was so happy to see Virginie Viard, Chanel creative director, on one of T magazine’s Culture issue covers last weekend. Six different artists are on the covers for the the themed issue, ‘The Artist’s Way’, and the profile titled ’24 hours in the in the creative life’ follows Ms. Viard walking along the Seine — ‘(i)nspiration often comes when I take a break’ she says. I’m a huge fan of her sensibility for the house and it’s nice to get a glimpse into her creative process.
At a lunch last week, I wore three items that I’d bought early 2020, then promptly shelved. The Celine dress, and Dior bag and shoes finally saw the light of day and I’m very glad I have them. Below, the SS22 Celine dress, that I’ve had my eye on since the collection film, ticks all the same boxes. And, I bought and love the Saint Laurent crossbody bag — it’s just what I needed.
Moye Design, founded in 2018 by Colombian sisters Tatiana and Maria Cabal, recently launched a line of wallpaper and the prints are luscious. Moye wallpapers are hand drawn then printed in the United Kingdom with water based, non toxic inks, on certified pulp fibers. All of the prints are stunning and would be perfect in our guest bath but, which one?
I’m on the list for a pair of Chanel shoes from the Métiers d’Art collection — the ones here, from PF22, are beautiful, too. As is the navy coat (a wow), and silk floral dress with twill patch pockets — crazy chic. I have a Proenza dress that is a crepe and bouclé combo, and it’s the unusual combo that makes it interesting.
On My Mind
After a quick trip to Paris fall 2019, I planned to update my carry-on and had a Rimowa Original Cabin in the cart. But, as we all know, travel came to a screeching halt just a few months later and both trips to London were scuttled — first by Delta, second by Omicron. Now, with a trip to Rome in two weeks, I’m back to looking at luggage and a dedicated crossbody bag. The Rimowa and medium Saint Laurent Charlie may be the answer to both.