The Simple Wardrobe

An article from the Vogue November 2007 issue  written by Mark Holgate

I did a bit of browsing yesterday at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Jeffrey. The big question for me re. fall clothes is, do I actually need anything? No, not really. Just one look in myfashion diary and I can quickly confirm that I need very little ( grey wool trousers and black leggings are on my list).

Wanting something new is a different matter that I am wrestling with, especially after I watched Six Items or Less on nytimes.com and read on WWD.com about the new frugality and consumers wanting less. The adage that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time definitely applies to me and gives me pause when I consider adding to my wardrobe. Would I restrict myself to 6 pieces of clothing for a month? Not intentionally. But there is something about the concept that strikes a chord. The take-away is that I want to create a simple wardrobe consisting of my go-to favorites and plan to shop accordingly.

The above story from the November 2007 issue of Vogue was written by Mark Holgate who must have been prescient since it ran moments before the downturn. The ironic timing aside, I love that the stylist Aleksandra Woronieka above wears just a few pieces- but the few pieces are great and timeless. Here we are 3 years later and I would love to own everything on her rack; the perfect simple wardrobe!

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YVES SALOMON

Reversible shearling coat

SONIA RYKIEL

Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt

HOGAN

Shearling sneakers

VALENTINO

Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress

PRADA

Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps

KHAITE

Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat

ISABEL MARANT

Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse

ISABEL MARANT

Jane cross-strap stud-embellished sandals

SAINT LAURENT

Tuxedo box clutch

THE ROW

Nolia crepe midi dress

YEEZY

Stretch-suede 70mm bootie

JEROME DREYFUSS

Felix large leather and suede shoulder bag

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Too hot to trot…

It is just too darn hot.

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Fashion Diary

I am not a believer in retail therapy but there are times when I crave the thrill of picking up something new. As you have probably gathered about me, I think shopping as an activity is a waste of time. I often tag along with a friend which is great because I buy 90% of my clothes this way. It used to be so simple- when I worked with designers on their shows, I would pre order the pieces I liked from the collection and that was that.

My life now revolves more around the barn and the yacht club than the runway so I have come up with a way to curb the splurge urge. I keep a fashion diary. Continue…

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Chic Pools cont.

Hotel du Cap

My friend Lisa commented that this is the ultimate chic pool and I would have to agree.  I am smitten with the Mediterranean and would love to be poolside at the Hotel du Cap right now!

Hotel du Cap pool

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Chic Pools

Hotel Ritz in Paris

Last summer I took my younger daughter to Paris for a week in July and it was blisteringly hot. Thankfully we stayed at the Ritz so we could swim. Later in the summer we all went to Beverly Hills and Malibu to visit my husband’s family. Again, it was unbelievably hot and we were saved by staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel with it’s great pool. Today on Long Island it is crazy hot so we are going to take a dip in our gracious friends the Rand’s pool which is chicest of all!

Beverly Hills Hotel

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Oriental Rugs

My kitchen

It is so hot that I have rolled up the big sisal rugs so the dogs can sprawl on the cool wood floor. Usually I layer small Oriental rugs on top of the sisal but they look great just on their own and in surprising spots like the kitchen and bath.

My dream kitchen

Courtesy of July/August Elle Decor

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Over the Knee at Any Age

Patti Hansen in August Vogue

At 54 Patti looks incredible. I know many of you don’t love over the knee boots (and these are bit much) but I promise I will convert you all!

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July To Do List

1) Horse shows- above is my older daughter last year on Notorious and my younger daughter just got the world’s cutest grey pony Hillcrest Kacee below.

2) Regattas- driving the girls to Laser and Opti races

3) Stop using pesticides on my roses. I want to keep bees and the pesticides kill them. I was inspired by an article in the NYTs on this subject. If my roses don’t make it, I will put in ones that are hardier and do not need pesticides to survive.

4) Get used to my cell phone ear piece by Wisemove that my friend Lea gave me so I won’t get a brain tumor. Please read the article entitled “Wake Up Call” in the July issue of Vogue on this very scary and relevant topic.

5) Read “We Used to Own The Bronx” by Eve Pell.

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Inspiration

Raquel on the beach courtesy of Vogue magazine

I have one of those sisters- super smart (Phi Beta Kappa, tenured college professor), 3 inches taller than I am and a size zero (maybe a size 2), but you get the idea. If I didn’t adore her, I would definitely have sisterly issues. We are spending a week together in a month at our family home on Martha’s Vineyard. In anticipation of our visit, I am motivated to pull it together over the next four weeks; this picture of Raquel is now tacked above my desk as inspiration!

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In love with Love, Chloe

Raquel Zimmerman at the Love, Chloe perfume launch

I am loving the pictures from the launch party for the new Love, Chloe perfume! Raquel, one of my favorite models who I used endlessly at Vogue and Bazaar and in every show I ever cast, is also one of the nicest girls alive. She is perfect for this 70s inspired, Guy Bourdin-esque moment captured by Roman Coppola who directed the Love, Chloe tv commercial.

And the beige on beige is divine. This campaign continues the neutral palette that we have seen on the runway for the past few seasons and is so unbelievably chic! Continue…

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