Midnight in Paris

I cannot wait to see Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris.  Plus, my old friend Carla Bruni plays a tour guide- can’t miss that!

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Robin silk-satin shirt

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Pascalare 70mm boot black suede

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Merida cropped cotton-blend twill wide-leg pants

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Triangle buckle skinny belt

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Button-detailed grosgrain-trimmed stretch-jersey dress

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Patch-pocket cotton coat

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Mid-rise tailored wool-blend trousers

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Fringe-detailed Horsebit leather slides

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It’s Personal

French Vogue

French Vogue April issue

I may love statement shoes, but I am not a fan of statement jewelry. Those big chunky necklaces popular last year made me think of all the macaroni and fruit loop versions my girls made for me in nursery school. I adore personal jewelry, preferably in yellow gold, and the style pendulum seems to have swung in my favor.

Sylvana Ward Durrett photographed by Marko MacPherson for vogue.com

I especially love stacked rings and bangles- there is no such thing as too many!

 

Cynthia Smith photographed by Marko MacPherson for vogue.com

I no longer wear a crest ring. I had a blank signet ring engraved with my daughters’ initials instead.

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Office Chic

 

Lonny Mag office

Michelle Adams' office at Lonny Magazine

I love everything about this office especially the drapes and oversized photograph. We spend so much time working that our office should look great and be inviting. Michelle Adams, the Editor in Chief of Lonny Magazine suggests that we should fill it with the things we love. Very chic advice.

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Forget hats, I crave crazy good shoes!

Vionnet shoe

Vionnet

Despite the rain, I had a great time at the Central Park Conservancy “hat” luncheon last week and the best way to see all the millinery finery is through Bill Cunningham’s lens.

However, I left the lunch thinking not about hats but more about shoes. The rain gear de rigueur was Louboutin’s nude patent leather pumps yet the insane hats had me craving fantastical footwear instead. Yes I have my studded Valentino’s that I am quickly wearing out, but what I really want right now is a very high statement shoe.

What could be easier than a simple dress paired with a fabulous heel!

Tabitha Simmons shoe

Tabitha Simmons

Isabel Marant shoe

Isabel Marant

Coming in May

I have been waiting for la Prairie to launch a tinted moisturizer forever and lo and behold it will be in stores next month. Initially Hydra Tint will only be available in four shades.  Yet if it is anything like the other La Prairie products, it is sure to be great.  I wear little to no makeup so it is super important that my skin looks the best it can. I will give this product a test drive and let you know.

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L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Tablet Talk has a clip from L’Amour Fou, a documentary about Yves Saint Laurent and his lover/business partner Pierre Berger. The film focuses on the sale of their incredible art collection following Yves’ death.

L’Amour Fou  will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Happy Birthday Grace!

Today is Grace Coddington’s 70th birthday. We crossed paths recently at the Balenciaga exhibition and she looked as gorgeous as ever. Hard to believe that this picture was taken 20 years ago at her 50th which we celebrated at Indochine. Seems like yesterday and yet it was actually a lifetime ago.

Vogue went back to Indochine for her 70th and pictures from the party are on vogue.com.

 

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Il Pellicano

Rizzoli pays homage to the famed Il Pellicano Hotel which was founded in 1965 and is tucked into the cliffs of the Italian coast overlooking the Mediterranean. Photographers Slim Aarons, John Swope and Juergen Teller lend their images of this legendary hotel and it’s bohemian jetset guests to this gorgeous new book.

Located on the Monte Argentario peninsula in Tuscany.

The vintage images are fabulous and make this book a must-have!

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Closet Essentials

Aerin Lauder closet

an old picture of Aerin Lauder’s dressing room

I cleaned out my closet. Nothing was spared from my scrutiny and I ruthlessly tossed things that I had been holding onto for far too long. There may be less in there, but I wear everything I have.

Goop has closets on the brain too and posted a great newsletter last week about spring trends and how to organize and maintain your clothes. But what are closet essentials, the things that make a closet fully functional?

Here is my list.

1. A mirror, 3 way would be ideal

2. A chair

3. Good light

4. A rug (so you can try on shoes at home)

5. Hooks or rack to hang outfits being considered

6. A steamer (I have a Rowenta Precision Valet)

7. Padded hangers and skirt hangers with clips (toss or return all wire hangers from the cleaners).

8. Shoe racks. I do not like my shoes in boxes because I forget I have them.

9. A small table to put out accessories being considered

10. Bowls for odds and ends, a trash can and a laundry basket

11. A push-pin board with pictures of inspirational outfits, list of clothing needs, etc.

I love this big mirror leaning against the wall

I like to be able to see what I own and have belts hung on hooks on the wall and handbags are on shelves. My shoes are on open shelves too. The downside to having everything out is you need to dust frequently.

Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton

elizabeth peyton

The cover of Ghost, Elizabeth Peyton’s upcoming book

American contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton is one of the most important painters of her generation. Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton will be the first in-depth exploration of the artist as a printmaker. I am a huge fan of her work and would love to own one of her portraits. Below a few of my favorites.

self-portrait (E P reading) 2005, elizabeth peyton

Self-portrait from 2005

I especially love her paintings of children.

elizabeth peyton

Elizabeth_Peyton_Jackie_and_John

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