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Totes

Oversized bags were all over the runways and this Balenciaga tote (the small version and here is adorable, too) would up the cool factor considerably.

Instagram pic @suzannekoller

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BALMAIN

Double-breasted wool jacket

RAEY

Long-line twill blazer

BURBERRY

Double-breasted twill blazer

SAINT LAURENT

LouLou suede mules

MARNI

Gold-tone, crystal and horn earrings

J.W. ANDERSON.

Robbed cotton top

BOTTEGA VENETA

Oxidized silver enamel earrings

VALENTINO

The rockstud leather point-toe flats

ISABEL MARANT

Lace-up cotton-blend corset belt

LOEWE

Hammock leather and raffia tote

ISABEL MARANT

Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt

BALENCIAGA

Small textured-leather tote

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To See

Joe’s Film on Azzedine Alaia

I stumbled upon fashion stylist Joe McKenna’s documentary on Tunisian-born French designer Azzedine Alaia on Instagram–it’s a must-see. The New York Times spoke with Joe about what inspired him to make the film.

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Nili Lotan’s Perfect Weekend-Wear

Nili Lotan has some of the best jeans and chinos– perfect weekend-wear.

Vogue's 125th Anniversary

‘American Women’

To mark their 125th anniversary, Vogue commissioned a series of photographs of American women. The 15 portfolios that encompass American Women are diverse and captivating- a real tour de force. During NYFW I met one of the photographers included in the project, 18-year-old high school senior Bella Newman. Coincidentally, Bella is Jaime King’s niece- Jaime lived with me the summer she started modeling.

When Bella mentioned that she had done a story for Vogue on a Mennonite community near her home in Pennsylvania, I had no idea the spread would be this amazing– she’s certainly a talent to watch.

The adorable and talented Bella Newman with Michael Flutie and yours truly during NYFW.

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What-To-Wear Weather

What do you wear when it’s 30° in the morning and 60° by afternoon? I pile on the layers and top off with a knit poncho or wrap. I have a number of cashmere ponchos that I’ve collected on my travels. They are perfect for traveling, too.

Poncho, jeans, Tod’s loafer

My Music

Double Roses

I’m looking forward to Karen Elson’s new album Double Roses. She released her fantastic first album The Ghost Who Walks, which was produced by her then-husband Jack White, in 2010. I read in W that Double Roses is “inspired by sounds of 1970s Laurel Canyon.” Can’t wait.

Architectural Digest, now AD, photographed Karen in her English-inspired Nashville home, below.

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A Versatile Skirt

I have a number of events this spring that range from a daytime graduation to cocktails, launches, book signings, etc. When I saw this flirty Giambattista Valli skirt I had an ‘aha’ moment–it could be styled so many ways (with items I already have) and it wouldn’t look like I’m wearing the same thing over and over again.

Black Isabel Marant top and herewhite Isabel Marant top, brown A.P.C. sandals, Givenchy earrings, The Row mules.  I love this longer skirt by Ulla Johnson, too.

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HVN

These ’40s and ’50s vintage-inspired dresses by Harley Viera-Newton are so pretty and feminine– throw-on-and-go.

HVN available here and here.

The collection launch at Colette last fall

The collection launch at Colette Paris last fall

Vieri-Newton is her own best advertising.

Viera-Newton is her own best advertising.

Fave Rerun

Feminism Today

Gloria Steinem

I put up this post four years ago today! International Women’s Day is the perfect time to rerun it- clearly, things have changed dramatically in a such short period of time. 

Last evening I went to hear Gloria Steinem speak. She was on a panel comprised of women who had participated in the documentary MAKERS: The Women Who Make America. Ms. Steinem was amazing, especially considering that she is just shy of 79.

Despite the fabulous Ms. Steinem, I found the talk uneven and the moderator a tad patronizing toward the feminist star and her generation. Regardless, I was struck by the question “what is feminism today?”.  Am I a feminist? By definition, yes. Do I call myself a feminist? Yes and no. I feel that the term represents the women who came before me; the ones who fought for rights I now take for granted. But I think this is naive, and I am wondering why many women today refuse to apply the term to themselves.

WSJ. Magazine

‘Dream State: Vintage-Inspired Styles for Him and Her’

These pictures are from an adorable story in the WSJ. Magazine. The couple, the clothes, the locations–young love never looked so good.

Photography by Dan Martensen  Styling by Clare Richardson

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