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Rattan’s Moment

 

Market Cannage woven-leather basket bagsIn all the years that I’ve edited kic, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a summer must-haves collage without including a straw market basket—I even give the small ones as hostess gifts. Well, move over straw, these Dragon Diffusion woven-leather rattan totes look fresh right now.

Large,  small, bucket, all.

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BOTTEGA VENETA

Intreciatto leather slides

BALMAIN

Double-breasted wool twill blazer

SAINT LAURENT

Theo raw-edge cowboy ankle boot

KENNETH JAY LANE

Gold-tone clip earrings

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Layered denim peplum jacket

MADEWELL

Courier cotton shirt

ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS

Thais oven raffia and leather skides

CÉLINE

Sunglasses

AGNES BADDOO

Two-Toned Sac 1

J.CREW

Robin silk-satin shirt

MANOLO BLAHNIK

Pascalare 70mm boot black suede

APIECE APART

Merida cropped cotton-blend twill wide-leg pants

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Vogue Poland

‘Eva Was The First’

Such beautiful pictures of Eva Herzigova by Chris Colls from the March issue of Vogue Poland. And, of course, George Cortina’s styling is perfection.

10% Off At Net-A-Porter

Spring Treat!

Net-A-Porter is offering 10% off full priced items as a spring treat. These are a few pieces that I’ve been eyeing and a discount would be very nice indeed. I love that the slingback has a block (not kitten) heel, the blazer is just downright gorgeous, I have the bow in velvet and love how easy it is to wear, the Toteme trench is classic with a twist, and the chain belt on this bag is chic in a late ’80s sort of way.

The offer runs from today until March 26th and can be used for three transactions, just enter the code STYLE10.

Jimmy Choo slingbacks, Saint Laurent blazer, Jennifer Behr bow, Toteme trench, Chloé belt bag.

This is not a sponsored post.

 

 

Beauty

The Red Lip

This image from the new Self Service is so stunning I may reconsider a red lip.

Photography Zoe Ghertner   Styling by Suzanne Koller

Cool Collaboration

CTJ x Pallas

A few weeks ago Claire Thomson-Jonville (top left), editor in chief of Self Service Magazine, posted on Instagram that she is collaborating with the Parisian label Pallas and used the hashtag #lesmoking.  The resulting capsule collection launches in June and Ms. Thomson-Jonville spoke with Vogue’s Mark Holgate about her inspiration for the line. From the three images above, they look like classic wardrobe staples.

Image of Claire Thomson-Jonville from Instagram, Pallas images courtesy Vogue.

On My Mind

Time To Sell?

There’s an article on BoF that poses the question “who will dress the Philophiles?” and mentions that the resale market for Céline is hot right now. So, I’m wondering if I will ever wear the platforms again and maybe it’s a good time to weed out some of my bags. Both Vestiaire Collective and The Real Real are good options.

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Ta Da! Céline’s First Online Items

Drumroll please—along with the iconic bags (Trio, Frame, Cabas, Classic, Belt, Luggage, etc.), a small Big Bag, exclusively in burgundy, is one of Céline’s first items to be sold online at 24 Sèvres. There’s also jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and ready-to-wear, all from SS18, Phoebe Philo’s final collection for the house.

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Am I a Suit Woman?

Having never worked in a traditional business environment, I am not hardwired to wear a suit. When I was at Vogue, Grace Coddington wore perfectly tailored suits to evening events and always looked polished and pulled-together. And, last evening my friend Gigi wore a trim black suit to a cocktail party and was the chicest woman in the room.

So, I emailed Gigi and asked her why a suit is her go-to:

“I love a suit for both day and night! I have many because those are the items I get the most use out of. 
For daytime it’s a simple black or navy suit with a slim, ribbed top underneath or a wool houndstooth with a cashmere sweater. I like a flat shoe and minimal jewelry during the day, often just my watch,  wedding band and a pair of small gold hoops. 
At night I dress up the those same suits with a silk blouse and sling backs or for a dressier event I choose from one of my three black silk suits and wear with a silk shoe and small structured silk clutch, both in black. I keep the jewelry simple; just a pair of antique sapphire earrings or a dinner ring, never both.  If it’s going to be a more festive evening the shoes and bag will be in a fun color or with a jeweled toe or heel. Since the shoes and the bag draw a lot of attention the jewelry is simple or none at all. Makeup is natural and hair is freshly blow dried.
What could be easier? Or more chic?”

I realize that I’ve never owned a suit—blazers, yes, and matching tops and bottoms, but not a finely tailored, menswear inspired jacket and pant. If I ever wanted to try one, now is the time and Gigi is my inspiration.

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Agnes Baddoo x Dôen

Handbag designer and kic contributor Agnes Baddoo is profiled on the Dôen site. Funny, the last time I profiled Agnes she was in a Dôen dress—they’re a good match.

On My Mind

March To-Do List

March = spring break and my daughter and I will be in Washington D.C. for a few days. We’re staying at The LINE DC, a boutique hotel that’s a converted century-old church. The Sally Mann exhibition at The National Gallery of Art tops my to-do list while there. I’ll tuck Caitlin Macy’s “Mrs.” into my bag, it came highly recommended.

I don’t know If I’ll get to see the previews this month, but “Three Tall Women” and “The Iceman Cometh” are don’t-miss plays.