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.
It is certainly still the bag of the moment. I even see women tucking bags with shoulder straps under their arm simulating the look. I have an adorable navy Celine which sits in my closet most days. And why is that?
The reality is, I am not a bag swapper. But the bigger issue is size. Obviously I cannot fit everything I think I need into a clutch so I take the essentials. However, I often find an essential missing. My wallet does not fit into my clutch and this is the most bothersome of all.
My wallet does fit into the Vuitton version above, but not much else. I can’t decide if I should try again or just buck the clutch trend and wait for the return of the BIG bag.
Agnes photographed by JP Plunier in his shop Feal Mor
Agnes is one of the most multi-talented women I know. A fashion stylist for print (Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue), celebrities, musicians, commercials and film, she is also a musician (was in a band The Bushmills), photographer, author of 5 Eat Shop guides, has a great new blog called Present and she just launched a line of Everyw’air aromatherapy sprays. Whew!
For the past 17 years she has lived in Los Angeles but she was born and raised in NYC. Agnes grew up on Central Park and attended an elite all-girls school on the Upper East Side. Her glamorous mother was a buyer at Bergdorf Goodman and her father at the U.N./Ghanaian Counsel General. When we met in college I was awed by her sophistication and ease in the world.
Post college we both worked at fashion magazines and Agnes went to Elle when it launched it’s U.S. edition. Her time there shaped and supported her outlook on female beauty and style. She could relate to Elle’s diverse approach and what she calls “kind of their kind” archetypes especially seen in the models who were chosen to promote inclusive and attainable style and womanly beauty.
Agnes is the queen of high-low from her Cartier Tank watch to her love of vintage mixed with ethnic pieces. She has her own personal style which evolves ever so slightly over time and is never completely (deliberately) on-trend. She is a true original!
Style Motto: Dress to feel comfortable in your skin…clothes should be an extension of yourself…classic, current but timeless
Fave Designers: Missoni scarves and cardigans, Margiela Pants (straight and wide but not flared), Miki Thumb Liberty print shirt dresses, Isabel Marant tees, shirts and dresses, Feal Mor sailor sweaters and striped tees, Dosa Liberty shirts and tunics, Antik Batik dresses and Clements Ribiero cashmere poncho, K. Jacques
Scent: My own line of everyw’air sprays. I am developing #3 and #6 into roll-on perfumes for the fall.
On your nightstand:Video Slut by Sharon Wreck, Cane by Perry Henzell and #3 everyw’air spray
iPod: Toots and the Maytals, Bongos Ikwue, Staple Singers, Ijaman Levi, early Bob Dylan, all Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, The Be Good Tanyas/Scattered Leaves, Iron & Wine/Night Descending, Chris Darrow, George Breakfast, Cat Power, Yami Bolo…I could go on and on
It was ridiculously humid last week and blow-drying my hair was an equally ridiculous endeavor. But I cannot go three months with just a messy pony-tail. I love Frederic Fekkai products and this Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream looks like the answer to my summer hair woes. Filled with botanical extracts that purportedly tame the strays and a UV shield against sun damage, this product is a must-try. With a citrus and coconut scent, it sounds delicious too!
It was a hot and muggy long weekend. I did not do a lot but I did read Plum Sykes’ Oxford Girl. It is a short and brutally honest piece about her childhood and first semester at Oxford. One of the things I like about Plum is that she does not candy-coat her experiences. Even though she hails from a posh upper-crust British family, the money ran out (and so did her father). One’s life is not always what it seems.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After 20 years casting models for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and fashion shows, I wanted to spend more time with my daughters. KiC is my way to share my thoughts on fashion and style. I believe style should permeate every aspect of our lives — from home, to family, to where we go, and naturally, what we wear — especially when we're just running around. — Preston Davis