Recently I wrote a post on lending and I realized that one of the reasons I am willing to lend or give away my clothes and accessories is that I frequently buy more than one of something. Continue…
Small Crécy bag in shiny calfskin
Manon Wedge thigh boots
Diana ribbed wool-blend turtleneck sweater
Suede-trimmed textured-leather ankle boots
Oversized Fair Isle alpaca-blend turtleneck sweater
Efo belted leather trench coat
Leather penny loafers
Ethan oversized wool sweater
Chelsea double-breasted cotton trench coat
Maxima 35 leather knee-high boots
A few weeks ago in a post on copying I mentioned that I lent a Chloe dress to a fellow magazine editor for a three week trip to the European collections before I had worn it. Recently, a friend was thinking about a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and wondering if she would carry one so I brought her mine to test drive. I have always been a lender.
In boarding school my closet was fair game and when I was at Vogue I would often lend clothes (or more often than not, give clothes) to my assistants. Let’s face it, clothing and accessories can be expensive. I believe the true value of something is how often it is worn, and not just by me. I hate it when I find a great piece tucked away in my closet forgotten and unworn. As in an earlier post on cleaning out closets, I need to see what I have or I would end up wearing the same outfit daily forgetting that I have some really great things.
The good news is that I tend to buy only classics that go the distance. These are evergreen pieces because they are timeless. So even if many of my Hermes and Chanel bags are ancient, they are still current. If something really sits there for a few years and I don’t ever put it on, I send it to my mother. She too is a lender which is convenient. A few years ago I gave her a saddle colored Chanel bag and when I saw her wearing it recently I asked if I could borrow it back. She was more than happy to hand it back to me, especially when I sent her the same bag in chocolate as a thank you. And the lending goes on.
Last week was a “Perfect Storm” of events for my family topped off by a real storm that knocked out our power and sanity. Continue…
I recently had lunch with the Kristinas (yep, two women, same name) at my club in the city. Conservative dress code is expected. If you know me, you know that I do not like to buy lots of clothes for different occasions. So my biggest fashion challenge was finding pieces that could go from my fashion magazine job to an Upper East Side club event. This was not always an easy feat and I feel like I was always switching shoes in a ladies room. But I digress.
At lunch last week it came up that my tiny, perfectly fitted sweater belonged to my daughter, my 10-year-old daughter, not my teen. It is true, after years of searching for the perfect length sweater, I often buy them from the children’s department. The fit is also snug enough to wear under a jacket, making it a great transitional/layering piece. The price is better too! Ralph Lauren and J. Crew make children’s cashmere sweaters in every color imaginable. I recommend that you shop the boys department as well, their sweaters are not as fitted and longer.
Claire was a model before she became a fashion editor. As a casting director and model editor, I am always interested to see what the girls pursue after modeling. Continue…
My 15 year old daughter hates to shop for clothes. For years her wardrobe consisted of school uniforms, riding gear, a pair of jeans and a skirt for church thrown in. Now her life is a little more varied so she complains that she “has no clothes” yet when we pull up in front of a shop, she refuses to get out of the car. I recently bought her new Uggs by holding up the options from the store window. Even though I know her size and that she likes to channel Kate Moss meets grunge, it would be helpful if she would be a part of the shopping process.
On Sunday I decided that enough was enough and after riding I just headed for Soho. Kate Moss designs for Topshop so I thought this would be a good compromise. There is only one Topshop in the U.S. and it is in NYC on the corner of Broadway and Broome Street. Of course once in the store my daughter instantly fell for a pair of booties with 4″ heels and a mother/daughter dispute ensued, but in the end, she found an adorable army green jacket and a navy silk dress/tunic to wear with leggings (the booties were not purchased). However, the shoe department is great- there are lots of short boots to transition from winter to spring and a nice gladiator sandal.
To make up for my shopping trip ambush, I took the girls to Momofuku Milk Bar on 13th Street off Second Avenue for Crack Pie, compost cookies and cereal milk before heading home. The line was out the door so I suggest that you place your order online before you go. There is a reason it is called Crack Pie, it is dangerously addictive!
There is only one Brana Wolf – Super Stylist, good friend and godmother to my daughter. Although we were fellow editors at Vogue and Bazaar, we didn’t truly know each other well until we worked on fashion shows together. I cast a number of Louis Vuitton and Zac Posen shows for Brana. The shows are glamorous, but the production is hard work, unbelievably long hours and often grueling. Brana is a force of nature when styling a show, absolutely awe inspiring. But it is Brana’s personal style that is flawless and has been my compass. Her Harper’s Bazaar stories are the ones where I find the items I cannot live without and will love forever. When I am in doubt, I channel Brana! Continue…