To Cartier, with Love

Last evening I attended the Cartier relaunch of the Juste un Clou. The highlight of the event, held in the Cartier Mansion, was the exhibition of jewelry, sketches and an interactive wall of images honoring Aldo Cipullo, the Roman jeweler who created the Juste un Clou and the iconic Love bracelet (through May 8th). I wear the Love bracelet on a leather strap above everyday.

While getting ready, I decided this would be the perfect time to test drive carrying a large wallet in lieu of a handbag. Fortunately, I had a car, so I left the big bits behind, but it was really freeing to not have a cumbersome bag at a packed event (btw Charlotte Casiraghi is even more beautiful in person). I took the Valentino below and it held my phone, keys and lipstick.

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BOTTEGA VENETA

Lauren intrecciato leather clutch

CHLOÉ

Oversized wool-blend cape

JOSEPH

Den high-rise straight-leg jeans

AQUAZZURA + CLAUDIA SCHIFFER

Le Marais leather boots

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Mohair-blend sweater

SAINT LAURENT

Square belt bag

STUART WEITZMAN

Cling Mimi suede ankle boots

SAINT LAURENT

Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag

SAINT LAURENT

Contrast-trim shearling jacket

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College medium quilted leather shoulder bag

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Embellished wool coat

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Hammock small leather tote

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Looks

The pencil skirt by Amanda Ross







The always chic and perfectly turned-out Amanda Ross was one of our earliest Style Setters. We caught up with Amanda recently and asked her to guest edit a post for KiC of her must-have Spring picks. “I absolutely love wearing a pencil skirt and creating a look around it. I buy one every season and look for something that works day and night. I love the color, shape and sexiness of this Givenchy skirt. Add a little bohemian flair with the fringe sweater, color in the ear, some rock-n-roll cuffs and a bag. Make a statement with your shoes.” You cannot go wrong with this look.

Amanda is currently a contributing editor for Departures magazine, the consulting fashion director for Anne Klein and fashion stylist extraordinaire! View Amanda’s work at arossgirl.

See below a few more options

  • Miu Miu cashmere and silk sweater
  • Tabitha Simmons metallic lace-up bootie
  • Reed Krakoff cotton-sateen pencil skirt
  • Thakoon embroidered silk blouse
  • Maison Martin Margiela belt
  • La Petite S***** bonded linen-blend pencil skirt
  • Bottega Veneta fold-over clutch
  • Lanvin leather and wooden sandals
  • David Szeto leopard square scarf,

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The simple clutch

Finally, after a long search, I found the perfect run-around clutch. Large enough to hold everything I need including my wallet, this clutch, by 3.1 Phillip Lim, is it. Another plus, it has a gusset so it sits upright, which is a must.

I bought one in tan and one in black, but the white and navy are good too. At under $300., I think they are a good find.

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CR by Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld’s eagerly anticipated magazine, the first issue to be published fall 2012, is simply named CR. WWD spoke with Carine about the biannual, slightly oversized and book-like features of the upcoming CR Fashion Book.

Fans of the former editor in chief of Paris Vogue, we hope that Carine channels her grown up and very personal style into her new project.

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Damsels in Distress

After a 14 year hiatus, Whit Stillman has a new film, “Damsels in Distress”. “Metropolitan, “Barcelona” and “Last Days of Disco, Stillman’s earlier movies, mirrored my own coming-of-age experiences. “Damsels in Distress” is not a continuation of the first three films, yet it mines the same preppy, upper-crusty mores. I hear it is really good and cannot wait to see it.

Looks

A simple dress (with killer accessories)

I had lunch with Style Setter Christiane Mack last week and she wore the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress above in black.  Reissued for Spring in peacock blue, this dress is a true classic and a good option for right now.

The clean lines and easy shape make it the perfect canvas to load on the accessories. And no one is better at chic over-accessorization than Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Carlyne styled Christy Turlington’s cover and story for the most recent (and a KiC favorite) The Gentlewoman magazine.

Carlyne, my old friend, you are the inspiration for this post.

Jill Kargman

Jill photographed by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Jill photographed by Marko MacPherson for KiC

Perhaps the best way to describe author and mother of three, Jill Kargman, is to compare her to Wednesday Addams (of the Addams family)–albeit Jill is the grown-up version, who lives in a classic Upper East Side apartment and has a far more enviable wardrobe. (Style, and success for that matter, run deep in her close-knit family; Jill’s father was president of Chanel for many years, her mother is insanely chic, and her art consultant brother, Will, is Drew Barrymore’s fiancé.).

Jill is elegant, girlish, and goth, an unusual mix that would make Tim Burton swoon. But it is her sublime, sharp-as-a-tack wit that is her most disarming characteristic; a conversation with her is filled with zingy one-liners that leave you breathless with laughter. Her honest, off-beat humor is the reason her novels are such as success. (The Washington Post dubbed her “Queen of the Beach Read”.) Her 10th book, The Rock Star in Seat 3A, hits the shelves May 22nd. Here, a peek into her latest obsessions and fashion must-haves.

What I love most about writing is….That I get to work from home. Even though I am not in PJ’s but in full dress and heels!

Five Spring essentials: Marc by Marc Jacobs flirty dresses, a vintage Chanel gray leather jacket cause I’m always cold, Valentino strappy sandals that don’t kill my feet, Chanel camellia sunglasses to avoid more squinty crow’s feet, and water.

Designers with the most hanger space in my closet: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Phillip Lim 3.1

Three beauty musts: Pounding water, slathering Chanel Sublimage moisturizer, and Biotin by the handful. Think Valley of the Dolls handfuls.

Next destination: Disney World. AKA Orlandon’t.

A perfect day is…. No kiddies waking me up, a big vat of coffee, arriving at Soul Cycle to miraculously find the person before me had all the same bike settings, scalding shower, yummy brunch with my family, a massage, a nap, an early Mexican dinner, a Broadway show, and a yellow cab that happens to be right there when we exit the theater.

Favorite authors: Woody Allen and David Sedaris

Latest obsession: Planning book tour for The Rock Star in Seat 3A, my forthcoming summer beach read.

Keeps me sane: Working out, my best girlfriends, sleep.

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Superga

Every spring, when it’s time to shelve boots and yet it’s too early for sandals, I have the same dilemma. What are the best transition shoes? Loafers? Belgians? Ballet flats? I have posted on this frustrating topic a number of times and keep ending up in the same place; wearing the same old things.

Inspired by the adorable Alexa Chung, who models in their campaign, I have decided to test drive a pair of Supergas as a run-around option. A sneaker, but not athletic in the least, the Superga is light and comfy. One weird aside, they make my feet look disconcertingly small. They are also a tad young, like Keds for kids. But so far, I like them. I bought all white to pair with my white jeans and am considering navy.

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Blue and white is so right

Stella McCartney ss 2012 courtesy of the New York Times

I am a huge classic sportswear fan and as much as I love a good dress, perfectly put-together separates can send me. Stella McCartney’s look above and Victoria Beckham’s below epitomize the best of this clean and very wearable genre for spring.

The blue and white is a welcome nod to the sea and reminder that summer days are coming.

Victoria Beckham ss 2012

Collecting shoes?

The Sunday NYTs ran an article on a woman who collects high heels. She owns 1200 pairs, 700 of which are Louboutins and many of them are unworn. I posted a bit ago on wanting/buying yet another pair of Valentino studded sandals and a friend, jokingly, advised me to view myself as a collector in order to allay my guilty conscience. I have 4 pairs, this is a far cry from 1200.

To me, collecting implies that the items are cherished and preserved and I have a hard time thinking about clothing and accessories this way. I certainly try to buy carefully with the intent that my purchases will go the distance. A classics fan, I love when I pull out a piece and it still looks fresh and relevant although it is years old. And it is no secret that I often buy two identical items to insure their longevity. But this does not mean that they will live on a shelf to be adored from afar.

Shoes, like anything, can be collected. But in my opinion, they should be worn to be truly appreciated.

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