Julia Glass is profiled in my boarding school alumni newsletter. I have not read any of her books but this one looks good and got a great review. I will let you know!
Capri cotton-poplin shirt
Lennyo leather slides
Duffel Coat in wool
Suzanne medium hobo bag in smooth leather
Nia gathered-neck belted midi dress
Cotton and wool tweed midi dress
Parker leather sandals
Merino wool sweater
Jenna cropped cotton-blend slim-leg trousers
Crossover leather wedge sandals
Twill midi dress
Cel-V two-strap neoprene sandals
I only wanted a few things this fall but the Stella dress was too short and the Lanvin boots were just not right. I love Celine in theory but not on me. As I packed my girls off to school and paid the riding bills from summer (painful) I was ok with a purchase-free fall. But then I saw these shoes in the Valentino shop window on Madison and could not resist!
Just when I was starting to think that the only collection I loved was Derek Lam, along came Valentino. I actually own quite a bit of Valentino, but nothing recent. So this collection makes me very happy indeed!
Arthur Penn the director of Bonnie and Clyde just died and this got me thinking about Faye Dunaway. I googled her and up popped the most incredibly modern images. Camel is certainly not new but it does look fresh this season just as it did on Dunaway in Network and The Thomas Crown Affair.
My friend Dean Harris is an extraordinary jeweler and it is no surprise that he has been invited to participate in the Accessories Bazaar that Harper’s Bazaar is hosting next week. The two day event, September 15 & 16, will showcase some of the best jewelry designers today and is open to fashion week attendees. Over the past 10 years Dean’s jewelry has been on the cover of 24 U.S. and International magazines, but Harper’s Bazaar was his first thanks to the fabulous Brana Wolf.
I always scan these pages looking for friends (Sherri Grace in her amazing purple gown, circled). Personally, I am not a big party person. I am such an early riser that I am really not much fun nor very interesting after 9pm and this may be why my “new” floor length evening gown still has the tags on it (it is two years old).
I am always stumped as to why the magazines devote so much coverage to evening wear. However, as this page illustrates, more women are buying and wearing it than just celebs on the red carpet. I love how the guests are so happy and colorful and there are very few black dresses. Makes me want to rip the tags off my dress, take an afternoon nap and go to a ball!
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!
It is just too darn hot.
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…
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!