On My Mind
Miuccia Prada’s personal style is enviable and enduring — she sticks with what she likes. I, too, love pleated skirts, beautiful coats, and short-sleeved knits — a few of her signature pieces. Mrs. Prada’s own accessories keep her style from being too classic. I have a beloved Prada coat that I shortened to a jacket and it is from, no joke, circa 1995. Belted double faced wool — the jacket is perfection and I intend to wear it forever.
Burano belted wool-blend cardigan
Jane checked cotton shirt dress
Napoli cotton and wool cardigan
18K gold and diamond earrings
Tank Française 25mm medium 18-karat gold watch
Tie-front merino wool sweater
Last December, my friend Tracy, aka @fastened2fashion, shared her favorite hostess gifts. Included was Goop Glow exfoliator, which has been on my to-try list for ages. However, I have sensitive skin, so I sent the above items to my daughter and asked for feedback.
Here’s what she said: All the products are good, but Goop Glow microdermabrasion exfoliator is a game-changer. The Alpyn Beauty creamy cleanser also got two thumbs up, as did the Agent Nateur deodorant “it really works and smells like plants.” The face oil is good when used sparingly and the G.Tox does what it says.
Maria Grazia Chiuri staged Dior’s Resort 2021 show in Puglia and livestreamed it. Headscarves have been on a number of runways the past few seasons, and vests too. But, in this beautiful collection they look really great.
A friend asked how I would wear the Cecilie Bahnsen vest — over an ARoss Girl x Soler dress, of course. I’ve upped my arm exercises because the vest looks so good on its own. Please excuse the 5 a.m. selfie, up and at ’em before the army of workers shows up — thank goodness I’m an early bird.
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On My Mind
There is a small stack of beloved shirts and cotton dresses in the back of my closet. Even though they are faded and discolored, I will not toss them — instead, I’m going to attempt to dye them.
Helmut Lang had a brilliant assistant who would dye garments in the studio as we prepped for a show. Watching her transform the pieces was mesmerizing. Yesterday, a reader commented that she dyes her old shirts, which gives them a “new lease of life.” I reached out to her for advice before I give hand-dyeing a whirl. I’ll report back.
I’m on a shirt binge and have been wearing them poolside. Totême, Thakoon, Holiday Boileau, and Linda Wright’s Crimson make some of the chicest oversized options.
A few things in my wardrobe have real staying power. I wear a vest, duffel coat or peacoat, and hobo so often, they’ve become my signature pieces.
Miuccia Prada’s Pre-Spring looks, mixed in with the SS21 menswear collection, are ’90s, with a bit of ’60s, perfection. Entitled The Show That Never Happened is on Prada’s IGTV. This is her last solo show before Raf Simons joins the Prada creative team.
On My Mind
Mid-July and it’s hot, hot, hot. I’m pulling out my favorite summer recipes and having most meals on a big farm table off the kitchen. While packing to move, I relentlessly culled my white shirts, which freed me up to replace a few. As careful as I am in the sun, I often overlooked my hands and they show it — going to test-drive the Chanel Le Lift line. And, I hear A Good Neighborhood is a good read.
I reach for this Dodo Bar Or one-piece more often than any of my other swimsuits. The low-cut leg and open-back keep it from looking like every other black bathing suit out there.