The Times They Are a-Changin’

Thank you Bob Dylan for articulating my thoughts on an article in T Magazine by Suzy Menkes entitled The Circus of Fashion. At first read Suzy reminded me of a character from “Midnight in Paris’ with her, and I paraphrase, ‘everything was better in the past’ sentiments.

However, I agree with her whole-heartedly on show-goers’ peacocking and find it annoying and silly too. But I am even more tired of celebrity-focused fashion– at least the show-goers dress themselves! And btw, didn’t Cathy Horyn cover this topic just last season?

But to slam bloggers as a greedy, gift-grubbing bunch is an unfair generalization. I don’t take gifts, nor do I do sponsored posts. I only promote what I like and would wear myself. I actually just turned down a paying project with an iconic American handbag (soon to be lifestyle) brand because I don’t wear their product. And I know plenty of editors who take anything and everything that comes their way. By law bloggers must declare gifts, end stop.

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VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM

Belted denim shirt

CASTANER

Jean canvas espadrilles

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bow-detailed crepe midi dress

THE ROW

Nude leatter sandals

MARA HOFFMAN

Camilla one-shoulder textured-organic cotton maxi dress

CHLOÉ

Knotted sleeve-waist wool sweater

M.I.H. JEANS

Paradise high-rise jeans

THE ROW

Nude leather sandals

JOSEPH

Pearl ribbed-knit wool sweater

JOSEPH

Cropped leather trousers

JOSEPH

Ryder leather shoulder bag

CELINE

Square sunglasses

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I would wear this today!

It’s no secret that I love a good duffle coat (duffel is the proper spelling) and this one from Derek Lam FW13 fits the bill nicely. One of the frustrations of watching the fall shows is that I want to wear many of the pieces right now! Sadly, I’ll have to wait until it’s in the store next September.

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The Striped T-Shirt Alternative

For a bunch of years now the ubiquitous Breton striped T-shirt has ruled my spring wardrobe. Probably because it’s just so easy to wear. But the nautical stripe looks a tad tired right now (not to be confused with the fab, bold stripes at Dolce & Gabbana this spring). My solution?  The tie-dye and python printed cotton tees by Proenza Schouler. They are super cozy too.

Python print top & Tie-dye print top

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Next Stop, Balenciaga

If this show was a test, he passed-  Alexander Wang’s FW13 presentation proves he’s ready to helm Balenciaga.

These pants are perfection.

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Lee Radziwill Covers T Mag

It’s magazine launch week. Not just the WSJ. and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, but T Magazine, newly helmed by Deborah Needleman (formerly of WSJ.), has Lee Radziwill photographed at home in Paris by Francois Halard, on the debut cover.

I am besotted with the botanical prints, chinoiserie fabric and naturally, the gilt mirror. Trés jolie.

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WICK AND Co.

Ashley Wick

Ashley Wick by Marko MacPherson

Ashley Wick photographed by Marko MacPherson at Hotel Americano NYC

I am not easily awed, but Ashley has that ‘wow’ factor in spades. Stunning, smart and successful, she’s one of those women it’s easy to envy, but also can’t help liking because she’s a really good person. We first met at a press event for one of her clients, and I was struck by how genuine and welcoming she was to everyone in the room.

A San Francisco native with a bit of a bohemian spirit, Ashley traveled extensively as a child with her family: her father was a member of the Peace Corps and her mother was an editor at Travel + Leisure and Vogue. These travels inspired her love of exotic and far flung places and cultures.

After graduating from Duke, Ashley came to NY and worked at Vogue before going into public relations. Following Vogue, she worked in-house with Diane von Furstenberg and Anya Hindmarch before opening her own PR firm WICK AND Co., a communications consultancy that represents clients in travel, fashion, lifestyle and design.

Home is now the West Village, but Ashley still travels far and wide every chance she gets.

Ashley Wick Continue…

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WSJ. Magazine

WSJ Style Section

Here it is, Kristina O’Neill’s debut issue of WSJ. Magazine. Mikael Jansson photographed, and the divine George Cortina styled Kati Nascher for the cover. Kristina spoke with WWD about her vision for WSJ. and her decision to have Karl Lagerfeld pen a column for her first issue.

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Beauty

How to Brow

Last week (before we got hit with a massive wind storm that took out our power and internet, a definite con for working at home) my friend dropped by to talk about her daughter wanting to model. This is a topic I try to avoid but, she is a dear friend and actually, her daughter has a very cool look. More specifically, Livi has brows that could give Cara Delevingne below a run for her money.

This got me thinking about the prominence of brows today and what I could do to help my own. My brows are a bit of a bugaboo as I am blonde and there is just not a lot to them. For years I have used the little red Maybeline pencils. They work, but there must be something better. Bobbi Brown is my first stop and I am going to try both her eye brow powder kit and pencil.

Suggestions are very welcome…

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Givenchy Girl

Givenchy

My beloved Obsedia wrap bracelet

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Givenchy nut. Okay, maybe not the rottweiler t-shirts and I took a pass on the fold-over boot (the It boot of FW2012), but I have certainly invested a tidy sum in other Givenchy pieces. So it’s no surprise that I’m delighted that Riccardo Tisci has renewed his contract with the house for another 3 years.

I understand how saddened the Balenciaga devotees are over the departure of Nicolas Ghesquiere, especially on the heels of such a stand-out SS13 show. And I was distraught to read that the founders of Current/Elliott, my all-time favorite pant line, have left their company. The day I read the news I doubled up on a few of my  cannot-live-without pairs.

There have been a number of designer change-ups this year and it makes me beg the question, do you wear a label no matter who’s at the helm? I would like to think that I am label-loyal, but I’m not, I only buy and wear what I like. Makes it all the more devastating when a collaboration that I love ends.

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Couture to Covet

I don’t usually pay much attention to the couture shows- I wouldn’t spend that much on a piece of clothing, nor do I have any place to wear it. But there were some remarkably beautiful pieces this season and I want to share my favorites.

Valentino, Dior, Valli Couture

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