Carine’s new mag

Carine Roitfeld front row at Michael Kors Spring 2012 show

Carine has not been idle since she left the helm of French Vogue last winter.

She guest edited V Magazine’s September issue, styled and modeled in Barneys Fall campaign and published Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, a visual history of her career to be released October 18th.

If that is not enough, Carine confirmed the rumors that she is putting together a new magazine. It is slated to launch next September with four issues a year, will be in English and she plans to collaborate with old friends Mario Testino, Marie Amelie Sauve and Stephen Gan.

Sounds very exciting.

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GIANVITO ROSSI

Katie suede sock bootie

PRADA

Belted wool coat

SAINT LAURENT

loulou leather over-the-knee boots

BALENCIAGA

Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot

BALENCIAGA

Everyday tote small leather bag

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Padded velvet jacket

LOEWE

Roll-neck argyle-sleeved sweater

GANNI

Ridgewood corduroy trousers

PRADA

Point-toe slingback kitten-heel pumps

PRADA

Patchwork fur jacket

GANNI

Alice square-frame acetate sunglasses

VANESSA SEWARD

Clever leather belt bag

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A must-see documentary

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd

Martin Scorsese’s HBO documentary  George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres October 5th and 6th (it is a two part series). The project explores the spiritual inspirations that Harrison infused into the Beatles’ groundbreaking music.

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On my nightstand

It has been almost 10 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ last novel Middlesex was published to much acclaim. I am also a huge fan of his earlier book The Virgin Suicides which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola. The Marriage Plot deals with the aftermath of a college love triangle. Sounds like the perfect fall read!

Prints cont.

Thakoon Spring 2012 dress

Just when I had tasked myself to find more black day dresses, Thakoon presented this irresistible shift for Spring. Not only are the colors heaven but I am a big fan of the longer-hem-in-back trend. My new Balenciaga dress is cut this way and it is tremendously flattering. Actually, many of Cristobal Balenciaga’s dresses had a longer back and I wonder if this trend is a nod to the recent Balenciaga retrospective.

 

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The chicest sweets

Laduree macaroons

Every trip to Paris includes a stop at Laduree. I dutifully bring back boxes of the smaller macaroons for my assistants, daughters and friends. Invariably the delicate treats crush and crumble in my luggage but no one seems to care. These are the most delicious and divine macaroons and now you can get them on Madison Avenue. The pale green box filled with scrumptiously colored macaroons makes the ultimate hostess gift.

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The Simple Life

Isabel Marant’s weekend cottage in T Mag

Thanks to Irene we went 6 days without power, water up to the back of the house (sometimes living on the sound can be hazardous) and a few trees down. During this time I kept thinking about the above T Magazine story on Isabel Marant’s cottage in the woods with no amenities and how she finds it so peaceful and a bit savage. I agree that it is good to know that we can live with less but it certainly is nice to have a hot shower too…

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If you only buy one pair this season…

Pumps by Louboutin

When I was going through Inez and Vinhoodh’s 65 page Fall preview story in the August issue of French Vogue I realized that the shoe of the season is the pump. Black or nude, kitten or towering, it doesn’t really matter. The pump looks fresh and clean and goes with everything.

Louboutin

Pumps by Chloe

Pumps by Gianfranco Ferre

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Knit Picks

 

Claudia Schiffer in a cardigan from her new knitwear line

The days are still hot but the nights are getting cooler. Knitwear is a big trend for Fall and some of the pieces could be worn now thrown over white jeans or a summer dress.

Claudia Schiffer launched a line of knits that are chic and wearable above.

J. Crew

I love these slouchy lightweight sweaters that can be layered in winter or thrown over a swimsuit now.

The Row

And there is nothing as easy as a knit poncho!

 

Duffy poncho

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Kerry Diamond

Kerry Diamond © Marko Macpherson

Kerry Diamond © Marko MacPherson

I worked with Kerry at Bazaar when she was the Beauty Director. She left to become the Vice President of PR at Lancôme, and is now the divisional Vice President of PR at Coach. She is also the co-owner of the notably cool Brooklyn restaurant Seersucker with her boyfriend and chef, Robert Newton. (They serve up good Southern food and perfect biscuits. Amen to that.) And because she doesn’t have enough to do (!), earlier this month, they also launched a coffee and baked goods shop down the street, Smith Canteen.

Kerry is tall and confident and fashion forward. From jeans to cutting edge designers, Kerry can (and often does) pull just about anything off with style.

Style icons: Amanda Ross, Maggie Gyllenhal (3), Cecilia Dean, Michelle Obama, Christene Barberich, Amanda Brooks.

Go-to outfit: A knee-length dress by Maria Cornejo [her dress, above]–she’s good with pockets, a lot of designers forget them, paired with Reed Krakoff high-heel sandals–they look gorgeous and have a walkable heel height.

Weekend uniform: Striped shirts by Chance, J Brand skinny jeans and white Converse. I spend most weekends helping out at Seersucker or Smith Canteen, so I have to wear something I can run around in.

Can never have too many: Me & Ro jewels and Coach bags.

Summer destination and what you’ll pack: My house share in Sagaponack. Vintage Mexican dresses to bum around in and wear as caftans, J. Crew bikini,  K. Jacques sandals, Reed Krakoff tortoiseshell sunglasses. I don’t need much because I don’t do much once I’m out there–backyard, beach, farmer’s market–that’s it.

In your beach bag: Sunscreen by Lancôme from duty free (it’s different than the US version), Lancôme Soleil Lip gloss, too many magazines, iPod.

Everyday bag and contents: Right now it’s a Coach navy duffel (6), inside is my iPhone and Blackberry, lots of Lancôme lip glosses, Clark’s Botanicals Lip Balm, Laura Mercier pressed powder, Reed Krakoff wallet, ponytail holders.

Fall picks: Slingback clogs, an orange, layered dress (4) and aqua chunky-knit sweater, all by Reed Krakoff,  Dries Van Noten chunky-knit black and white sweater, Coach Madison black leather jacket, gray Costello Tagliapietra dress, and Thakoon’s Massai puffer which I pre-ordered from Moda Operandi (2).

Fave meal: Anything from Seersucker!

3 Beauty essentials: Lancôme Collaser Serum (5), Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant, Clark’s Botanicals Ultra-Rich Lip Tint.

Scent: (untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela

De-stress regimen: Kickboxing classes at CKO Kickboxing in Carroll Gardens.

Work and life balance: I’m still figuring that one out!

Kerry at Seersucker © Marko Macpherson 

Kerry at Seersucker © Marko Macpherson

On your nightstand: Tom Shone’s In the Rooms.

On your iPod: Danger Mouse, Theophilos London, Best Coast Lovers, Kaiser Cartel, Mark McAdam, tons of old New Wave.

Fave sites: Net-a-Porter, Garance Dore, Into the Gloss, Man Repeller, and YouTube for Michelle Phan videos.

Fave film: The Royal Tennenbaums (1). Every frame is beautiful.

Fave hotel: Hotel Amour in Paris.

Fave cause: My alma mater, SUNY  Plattsburgh, and the Red Cross.

Can’t go one day without: Talking to my boyfriend.

One week without: Ice cream from Il Laboratorio del Gelato or Blue Marble. In a few years Seersucker and Smith Canteen will have their own!

One month without: Visiting a museum, even for just one exhibit.

Always searching for: The perfect white jeans.

 

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Dress Obsessed

The best dress story ever from Harper's Bazaar May 2006 issue shot by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by George Cortina

I am completely obsessed with dresses and my friend Tracy Taylor, U.S. Editor for Net-a-Porter, is too. In the most recent NaP magazine Tracy talks about her life-long love of dresses and it made me think of my favorite dress story of all time.

A few years ago when I was at Bazaar my buddy George Cortina (one of the chicest men alive) styled this amazing story to hail the return of the dress. The model Missy got stuck in a snowstorm in NY and we ended up helicoptering her to the desert. Unbelievably, George and Nathaniel shot these glorious pictures in one day. Bazaar kindly sent me these images to run here.

I wish I had bought every dress in this sitting as they are all timeless and lovely.

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