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A Cool Convergence

Father’s Day + the summer solstice = the longest day with (or to remember) dad. My husband is a superb father. Both girls are home for the weekend and we’ll celebrate their dad today and have extra hours of daylight to do so.

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SAINT LAURENT

Le 5 à 7 Small leather tote bag

KHAITE

Fulman cropped down jacket

THE ROW

Everett leather tote bag

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

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Caged satin minaudière

TÔTEME

Wool-crepe strapless top

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

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Garcon suede loafers

MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

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On My Mind

#Don’tOverpurge

In an article in this weekend’s WSJ. Magazine titled ‘Do Not Clean Out Your Closet Right Now. Really.’, Marisa Meltzer makes an excellent argument for not rigorously editing your wardrobe. Ms. Meltzer’s piece supports my favorite mantra #Don’tOverpurge. A few months ago I posted that I’d unearthed this Gucci bag from 1978. Bought on a trip to Rome with my mother and stored for over 30 years, I dug it out and had it refurbished at Artbag. They did a phenomenal job and I’m happily wearing this once beloved hobo again. It’s not just a handbag, it’s a tangible memory of a long ago place and time.

On My Inspiration Board

Style Inspo

Valerie Leberichel has enviable personal style — she makes chic look so easy. This picture from her Instagram feed above and the Saint Laurent campaign image below are on my inspiration board.

It Item

Agnes Baddoo Cross Sandals

Designer Agnes Baddoo added sandals to her line. They are effortlessly chic, just like Agnes herself. Well done you.

In Conversation with Amber, Carolyn, & Shalom

#WSJTheOne

Photography by Lachlan Bailey for WSJ. Magazine  Styling by Clare Richardson

On Monday evening, Kristina O’Neill, editor in chief of WSJ. Magazine, will chat with the iconic ’90s models Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, and Shalom Harlow. The trio reunited for the WSJ. May cover and inside story, currently on newsstands.

I posted recently that I don’t spend much time looking in the rearview mirror, but the ’90s, an important era in my career, seem to be dogging me. I remember vividly when each of these women showed up in my office at Vogue for their first go-see. Fresh-faced and, most likely, terrified, I knew that each one would succeed and I went on to book them for Vogue, then later Harper’s Bazaar, and countless fashion shows. When they arrived on the scene, the fashion winds were shifting away from the glamorous supermodels to girls who could wear both grunge and couture — these three fit the bill. And, yes, at the time they were teenaged girls. Refreshingly, they were eager to work (show up at dawn and work long hours without complaint) and, even better, diva was not in their lexicon.

All three are still modeling and have grown into remarkable women. I look forward to hearing what they are up to now. Click here to join the conversation on May 24 at 6 PM.

Kendall Conrad's Aficionada

I’ll Have What She’s Having

Refreshing beauty advice from model/entrepreneur Rachel Roberts on designer Kendall Conrad’s blog Aficionada:

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Filling The Gap

The weather warmed up significantly, so I moved my coats, wool skirts, and winter wear to a back closet. Sadly, most items went unworn last season. Sweaters are being cleaned and repaired before they, too, go into storage. I’ve gone a bit overboard with moth traps, but these actually work and have prevented untold damage. In exchange, out came my spring standbys. This is the moment when I realize that I don’t have fill-in-the-blank. This year it’s lighter-weight, knee-length skirts and dresses. I have a ton of mini-ish skirts, and dressy dresses to the knee, but I need something in-between. The A.P.C. shirt dress from the previous post should be here today; I’m hoping it will help fill this gap in my wardrobe. I, also, ordered this aRossGirl❤️Soler medium-wale corduroy skirt (it’s darker IRL) —  I will shorten it and wear it three seasons. On a side note, I don’t grab my midi-length pieces that often and may alter a few to get more wear out of them.

It Items

Sweater & Sandals Weather

The temps are in the high 60s/low 70s, which is ideal for my favorite sweater and sandals mashup. A cardigan — layered over a button-down or tee  — that you can take off and throw over your shoulders when it warms up. Add classic earrings and go. I cropped these straight Saint Laurent jeans.

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‘Mother’ is a way of being; we are all mothers. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Chic Bits

On My Inspiration Board

I’ve already emailed Chanel a request for an evening cape from the Cruise 2021/22 collection (she thinks I’m nuts, but hey). The chain belt is so good dressed up or down. This Cartier image is from my new favorite Instagram feed @marchelineisabelle, and I’m following her recently launched eponymous blog, Marcheline Isabelle, too. And my friend Gigi sent me the image lower left, it’s her summer evening inspiration — chic.