On My Mind

Photographer Elfie Semotan Inspired

When I saw the self-portrait above by Austrian photographer Elfie Semotan in the July/August issue of Vogue Germany, I was reminded of her enviable personal style. Tailored pieces, many from close friend Helmut Lang, are the foundation of her signature look. Elfie walked in a number of Helmut’s shows that I worked on and I was always a bit awed by her. At 80, Ms. Semotan’s enduring style continues to inspire.

I added the NYT’s blurb from 2006 for a bit of personal history. And, three looks from Helmut Lang shows below.

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Racer leather slingback pumps

JIMMY CHOO

Diamond Tilda 45 embellished patent-leather slingback pumps

SACAI

Cargo twill midi skirt

SAINT LAURENT

Le 5 à 7 Small leather tote bag

TOD'S

Leather penny loafers

KHAITE

Fulman cropped down jacket

THE ROW

Everett leather tote bag

SAINT LAURENT

Caged satin minaudière

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

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Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

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On My Inspiration Board

Pondering Pre-Fall

Earlier this month, I tracked down a cream Gucci bag. It comes in beige, too. But, to my eye, the beige veers toward peach. This is where online shopping gets a bit tricky. Anyway, I chose this color to wear with my grey coats — a grey coat is something I seriously don’t need.  Top of my list are these Louis Vuitton boots that I whiffed on a few seasons ago. However, they are back again in the PF21 collection, which is trickling into stores now.

Partow coat, Gucci bag here and here.

Books

Provence Style

When Vendome asked if I would like an advance copy of their recently released Provence Style: Decorating with French Country Flair by Shauna Varvel, I couldn’t say ‘yes, please’ fast enough. The book is “an intimate tour of quintessential Provencal style, showcasing homes and interior details inspired by this picturesque region.”  As we are still putting in the gardens and have masses of lavender to be planted, I am completely captivated by these stunning images of Provence — one of my favorite places on earth.

On My Mind

“Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy”

The Fourth of July is a heartbeat away and then, after the fireworks, summer seems to slip right by. Inspired by this image from Self Service issue N°6, I bought a stack of white hotel pool towels and two white umbrellas. After I ordered new K. Jacques sandals, I spied these — another pair is always a good idea. Jennifer Creel is making me an anklet out of the same chain I bought from her recently (much finer than the one above). And I’ve just started Malibu Rising — the quintessential beach read. Here’s to summer 2021!

On My Mind

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.

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: