Forget hats, I crave crazy good shoes!

Vionnet shoe

Vionnet

Despite the rain, I had a great time at the Central Park Conservancy “hat” luncheon last week and the best way to see all the millinery finery is through Bill Cunningham’s lens.

However, I left the lunch thinking not about hats but more about shoes. The rain gear de rigueur was Louboutin’s nude patent leather pumps yet the insane hats had me craving fantastical footwear instead. Yes I have my studded Valentino’s that I am quickly wearing out, but what I really want right now is a very high statement shoe.

What could be easier than a simple dress paired with a fabulous heel!

Tabitha Simmons shoe

Tabitha Simmons

Isabel Marant shoe

Isabel Marant

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THE ROW

Park small grained-leather shoulder bag

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Logo-embellished leather loafers

VALENTINO

Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

LACK OF COLOR

Inca straw bucket hat

VALENTINO

Cropped crocheted cotton-blend wide-leg pants

ISABEL MARANT

Amuko leather-trimmed suede tote

CHLOÉ

Crochet-knit cashmere, wool and silk-blend mini dress

LOEWE

Braided leather bangle

JOSEPH

Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress

LOEWE

Gate knotted leather slippers

ZIMMERMANN

Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

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Jennifer Creel

A mutual friend suggested that we cover Jennifer. Long a fixture of the NY social set, she is photographed often and everywhere in her clean, elegant style. But what we love about her most, is that aside from all that, she juggles three kids, a multitude of business projects and charity work with aplomb. Jennifer is an obvious KiC profile.

To top it off, in person, she is warm, very funny and welcoming. She graciously invited us to photograph her at home and poke through her sunglasses and jewelry that she designs. And most importantly, she answered our questions!

Current Uniform
This winter I lived in MIH jeans with a high waist and wide bottoms, Michael Kors and Prada cashmere sweaters, a J. Mendel/Anya Hindmarch fur vest, and an Hermes men’s scarf in beige with brown trim. For lunches I love Chanel, especially a great shift and always top it with a J. Mendel bolero or vest. Weekends I am in jeans, either my Loro Piana horsey jacket or a Brunello Cucinelli navy jacket and Loro Piana brown felt hat. As much as I adore bright colors, I tend to wear mostly neutrals on the weekend and then throw on a bright scarf, colorful bag and my favorite Talitha sunglasses!

A few must-haves
Hogan sneakers, Lanvin flats, Leontine linens, Brunello Cucinelli white shirt and lots of color!

Fashion dictum
I never buy the same thing in two color ways and I love navy and white, especially for day.

I know you love Mustique, what do you wear when there
A white Eres string bikini with our newly launched Creel-Mack 14kt gold bikini belt with diamond butterfly and a Pucci blue and white cover up.

Being a mother
Is having it all! There is nothing in the world that can even compare to or accurately describe how amazing it is to be a mother.

Charities
Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Museum of the City of NY, The Botanical Gardens, Save Venice

Visit www.jennifercreel.com to see her line of jewelry and sunglasses!

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Coming in May

I have been waiting for la Prairie to launch a tinted moisturizer forever and lo and behold it will be in stores next month. Initially Hydra Tint will only be available in four shades.  Yet if it is anything like the other La Prairie products, it is sure to be great.  I wear little to no makeup so it is super important that my skin looks the best it can. I will give this product a test drive and let you know.

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L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Tablet Talk has a clip from L’Amour Fou, a documentary about Yves Saint Laurent and his lover/business partner Pierre Berger. The film focuses on the sale of their incredible art collection following Yves’ death.

L’Amour Fou  will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Happy Birthday Grace!

Today is Grace Coddington’s 70th birthday. We crossed paths recently at the Balenciaga exhibition and she looked as gorgeous as ever. Hard to believe that this picture was taken 20 years ago at her 50th which we celebrated at Indochine. Seems like yesterday and yet it was actually a lifetime ago.

Vogue went back to Indochine for her 70th and pictures from the party are on vogue.com.

 

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Il Pellicano

Rizzoli pays homage to the famed Il Pellicano Hotel which was founded in 1965 and is tucked into the cliffs of the Italian coast overlooking the Mediterranean. Photographers Slim Aarons, John Swope and Juergen Teller lend their images of this legendary hotel and it’s bohemian jetset guests to this gorgeous new book.

Located on the Monte Argentario peninsula in Tuscany.

The vintage images are fabulous and make this book a must-have!

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Closet Essentials

Aerin Lauder closet

an old picture of Aerin Lauder’s dressing room

I cleaned out my closet. Nothing was spared from my scrutiny and I ruthlessly tossed things that I had been holding onto for far too long. There may be less in there, but I wear everything I have.

Goop has closets on the brain too and posted a great newsletter last week about spring trends and how to organize and maintain your clothes. But what are closet essentials, the things that make a closet fully functional?

Here is my list.

1. A mirror, 3 way would be ideal

2. A chair

3. Good light

4. A rug (so you can try on shoes at home)

5. Hooks or rack to hang outfits being considered

6. A steamer (I have a Rowenta Precision Valet)

7. Padded hangers and skirt hangers with clips (toss or return all wire hangers from the cleaners).

8. Shoe racks. I do not like my shoes in boxes because I forget I have them.

9. A small table to put out accessories being considered

10. Bowls for odds and ends, a trash can and a laundry basket

11. A push-pin board with pictures of inspirational outfits, list of clothing needs, etc.

I love this big mirror leaning against the wall

I like to be able to see what I own and have belts hung on hooks on the wall and handbags are on shelves. My shoes are on open shelves too. The downside to having everything out is you need to dust frequently.

Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton

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The cover of Ghost, Elizabeth Peyton’s upcoming book

American contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton is one of the most important painters of her generation. Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton will be the first in-depth exploration of the artist as a printmaker. I am a huge fan of her work and would love to own one of her portraits. Below a few of my favorites.

self-portrait (E P reading) 2005, elizabeth peyton

Self-portrait from 2005

I especially love her paintings of children.

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Elizabeth_Peyton_Jackie_and_John

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Age Appropriate Dressing

Julia and Carine Roitfeld

The April issue of Town & Country has a story entitled If the Clothes Fit, Should you Wear Them? The basic premise is just because you fit into your teenager’s clothes does not mean you should wear them. Continue…

Clutch + Stuff = Dilemma

This Celine pouch is the right idea but just not right. I love that it is soft with a simple zip top, however the color and size are problematic. Salmon? Really not sure. And as you can see, I am struggling with editing my “necessities”. tbc

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