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Valentino is divine

 

The Fall Valentino show was extraordinary. Folk, scalloped edges and sweet yet cool Penelope Tree elements- all gorgeous.

Image links to video of the show.

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Small Sidonie top-handle tote bag

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Belted leather-trimmed twill jacket

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Shelly stretch-cotton poplin tank

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Flat-front skinny pants

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Atrita metallic leather sandals

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Lorna crewneck long-sleeve midi dress

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The Rockstud Spike medium appliquéd leather shoulder bag

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Paneled cotton and silk-blend midi dress

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Bow-trimmed satin slingback pumps

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Ribbon-tie silk blouse

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Slim-leg wool-blend trousers

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March on

Cookmaid with fruit and vegetables by Sir Nathaniel Bacon 1620-1627 from the Tate Collection

I have been bedridden with a head cold for 3 days and my older daughter comes home tomorrow for spring break. She is now vegan. So I hauled myself off the couch and went to the library and took out Kathy Freston’s book Veganist and a cookbook too. The NYTs ran a piece on the new vegan Blossom Bakery yesterday so we will check that out.

Besides being panicked about what to cook (or not cook), I have been making a list of things to do with the girls this month. I remember coming home from boarding school one holiday and saw a list my mother had made of things for us to do and thought it was odd. But now I get it.

My girls grew up doing homework under the racks backstage at fashion shows. Now they tag along as we shoot for KiC. Next week we are going to Greenwich to see new pieces from Blair Husain’s jewelry collection (she is an upcoming KiC profile) and have lunch at our favorite Meli Melo creperie. Also next week, my friends are launching a line of handbags called Eponymous that I bet are great and I will take some pics.

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #466. 2008

The Cindy Sherman show at MoMA tops my list of cultural activities, the Whitney Biennial 2012 which opens today is a must-see and we still have not been to the new American wing at the Met. And movies movies movies.

Then we go skiing.

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Bee chic

Beekeeping is a chic hobby. Louis Vuitton has three hives on the roof of its Paris headquarters and now Oscar de la Renta is moving offices to a space with terraces where he will keep bees. I applaud this as we need to save the bees and it proves that beekeeping is not just a rural pastime.

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The white pump

Dolce & Gabbana pumps © March Harper's Bazaar by Daniel Jackson

Nothing is as comfortable as a good pump and I celebrated its return last summer. I have a black pair and a pair in nude patent which are perfect in the rain (any time actually). But the color for spring is white and I am not sure I can go there.

I first spied them at the Celine Resort 12 show below. I admit that I love the heel height on these and the shape is beautiful, but there is still something that holds me back. It may be that my eye has not adjusted and by June, when I have seen them worn on the street and not just in fashion magazines, I will want a pair.

Only time will tell.

Celine Resort 12

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Books

The Darlings

I gave this book to a friend at lunch the other day. Cristina is from our neck of the woods and writes about the events that shook NYC, especially the Upper East Side, in the last decade. The NYTs ran an interview with Cristina talking about her personal experiences that were the inspiration for the story. A good vacation read for sure.

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Fashion Director, Net-a-Porter

Holli Rogers

Holli Rogers

It’s no secret that we are obsessed with packing lists. So last week we asked the adorable Holli Rogers of Net-a-Porter.com to share with us some of the pieces she will be wearing to the New York and then European shows. But show week got the better of us and the story is a tad late (sorry!). Here she is above unpacking at the Bowery Hotel in NY. Thanks Holli!

3 fashion week pieces: Knitwear!! Especially this time of year, I’m loving my Reed and Wang knits. Colorful and warm, Hawaiian print top from Stella, striped raffia Burberry Prorsum skirt.

3 Spring must-haves: Prints! Ideally pants but mismatched prints are also fun, slipper shoes (always important to have a great pair of flats), color – either in a bright or a light.

Beauty essentials: Elemis day cream and eye serum, Joanna Vargas rejuvenating serum at night, Revlon grow luscious mascara, Killian fragrance, Lucas’ paw paw ointment for any dry areas.

Cannot travel without: My iPod, iPad (now that I’m able to use it for work purposes it’s even more an integral part of my life), several great pairs of shoes – for this trip I have packed my Alaia ankle boots, Louboutin velvet slippers and Mulberry animal print pumps! Holli's favorites 1. Stella top, 2. Mulberry pump, 3. Burberry Prorsum skirt, 4. Alexander Wang sweater, 5. Junya Watanabe dress, 6. Louboutin loafers

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Jeans and flats

Aerin Lauder at Derek Lam courtesy of Habitually Chic

Aerin is super-chic in her great coat, cuffed jeans and flats at the Derek Lam show.

Perfect show weather

NY show week has started and the weather is perfect- cold enough for some fur bits and fave Fall items, but dry and sunny so we can mix in a few cannot-wait-to-wear Spring pieces. My Miu Miu coat, Sacai dress, Givenchy bag and sandals will get a workout this week.

Ok, maybe not sandals, that is a bit of wishful thinking…

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Forget balance, just say no

Yesterday morning, Heather McGregor aka Mrs. Moneypenny an FT columnist, was interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk Box about her new book Sharpen you Heels. Heather is a successful business woman and mother. She claims that there is no glass ceiling and to succeed, women should not be striving for balance. She posits that we must make choices, and more importantly, learn to say no. I have written a number of posts on searching for balance in my work and family life so as you can imagine, I was glued to the tv.

One of Squawk Box’s hosts pointed out that when a man is a CEO he is not asked how he balances fatherhood and work. Andrew Ross Sorkin, another host, commented that his wife is super-woman and he is awed by all that she accomplishes. Heather countered that women are hardwired to please and men to perform.

To succeed, Mrs. Moneypenny thinks women need to give up the goal of “having it all” or more to the point, taking everything on. Say no to the charity event to be with your family and move the parent/teacher mtg for a work commitment.

In her view, balance is overrated and we need to prioritize. And as Dr. McGregor wittily points out, it may sting like a leg waxing at first, but ultimately, we need to learn to say no.

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The simple bag

Courtesy of Vogue February 2012 issue

I love the idea of this story from February Vogue and it came out when I was thinking down the same lines. There are lots of great bags on offer right now and for spring I want something a little more understated. And truly functional- it needs to be large enough and somewhat structured for my iPad and most importantly, it must go over my shoulder. The latter being a big must. I have loved my bottle-green tote and will put it away for next fall, but I want something now that will keep my stuff in place–constantly digging for keys is maddening.

The problem is that I have been a hobo-style girl since I got my first hadbag at Gucci in Rome with my mother in the early 80s (I still have it and it is divine- slouchy, camel calfskin). But, technology has changed my thinking about what I like vs. what I need. I hate when my phone and iPad slip to the bottom of a tote with all my junk piling on top. Cannot be good for their longevity either.

I ended up buying a Givenchy flap-bag and am very happy. It covers all the bases and even though it is from Fall 2011, it is far better suited for spring. Best of all, it was on sale. Equestrian-ish and understated, this bag will go the distance. A true win win in my book.

Courtesy of Vogue February 2012 issue

 

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