On My Mind

Show Some Love

“It’s not about having what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got…” This Sheryl Crow lyric from her song “Soak Up The Sun” is my credo. Today is August 1, and this month I vow to wear beloved items that I haven’t reached for in a while — even if just around the house…

Holiday Boileau dress, K. Jacques sandals.

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What's New

CECILIE BAHNSEN

Roll-neck cable-knit wool-blend sweater

JOSEPH

Viviane wool turtleneck sweater

DRIES VAN NOTEN

Floral stretch-lace tights

JIL SANDER

Slanted-cuff leather knee-high boots

SAINT LAURENT

Wool-twill coat

HM

Textured-knit tights

SAINT LAURENT

Oversized hooded cable-knit wool and mohair-blend cardigan

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER

Cavalier wool blazer

SABLYN

Aiden sleeveless cashmere top

GABRIELA HEARST

Hawes T-bar cutout leather pumps

JIL SANDER

Oversized cashmere knit top

GANNI

Wool-blend turtleneck vest

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It Item

The Trench Skirt

If a trench skirt is a trend, count me in. The Proenza Schouler PF20 skirt on the right is in the kic shop, left is Rokh Resort.

PS skirt also here and here.

My Music

‘My Future’ by Billie Eilish

Leave it to the musical phenom Billie Eilish to put out an amazing song during lockdown. Released last night, ‘My Future’ is sophisticated and beautiful. Please give it a listen.

It Color

I 💛 Yellow

Even though it’s not my best color, I love pale yellow — it’s cheerful and I consider it a neutral. The WSJ weighed in on the love/hate debate over this sunny color.

Louis Vuitton Resort 2021 boots and Marc Jacobs FW20 look. Image right courtesy Vogue Japan.

To-Do

Culture Shock

I read, cooked, and watched a lot these past few months, but I’ve been missing a different type of cultural experience. Helmut Lang has an exhibition of his work at MOCA Westport and there is a new documentary on the photographer Helmut Newton — I cast for both Helmuts — wonderful, yet very different experiences. Marilyn Chase, author of the newly released Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa did a talk about the artist with the Black Mountain College Museum Arts Center. And, on 8/13 you can buy Ruth Asawa postage stamps. In 1971, conceptual artist Bernadette Mayer embarked on an experiment where for one month she shot a roll of 35mm film each day and kept a journal. Memory is a compilation of these photographs.  We are deep into a house renovation and Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors is timely.

August Vogue Paris

‘Au Vrai Chic Parisien’

Can’t go wrong with classic jewelry, especially from Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier above. Like these August Vogue Paris images, I’ve been riding out the heatwave in oversized shirts and some beloved everyday pieces.

Photography by Claudia Knoepfel  Styling by Virginie Benarroch

Styling Tip

Roll Up Your Sleeves

I always roll up my shirt sleeves. The short-sleeved shirtdress on Iselin, from a 2013 issue of Self Service, is my ideal length. When the Alex Mill shirt arrived, the sleeves were rolled Italian style, a style I quite like and forget to do.

Diagram courtesy Marie Claire

On My Mind

Miuccia Prada Inspired

Miuccia Prada’s personal style is enviable and enduring — she sticks with what she likes. I, too, love pleated skirts, beautiful coats, and short-sleeved knits — a few of her signature pieces. Mrs. Prada’s own accessories keep her style from being too classic. I have a beloved Prada coat that I shortened to a jacket and it is from, no joke, circa 1995. Belted double faced wool — the jacket is perfection and I intend to wear it forever.

Beauty

Goop Beauty Test Drive

Last December, my friend Tracy, aka @fastened2fashion, shared her favorite hostess gifts. Included was Goop Glow exfoliator, which has been on my to-try list for ages. However, I have sensitive skin, so I sent the above items to my daughter and asked for feedback.

Here’s what she said: All the products are good, but Goop Glow microdermabrasion exfoliator is a game-changer. The Alpyn Beauty creamy cleanser also got two thumbs up, as did the Agent Nateur deodorant “it really works and smells like plants.” The face oil is good when used sparingly and the G.Tox does what it says.

Thanks, GD!

Resort 2021

Dior: Headscarves & Vests

Maria Grazia Chiuri staged Dior’s Resort 2021 show in Puglia and livestreamed it. Headscarves have been on a number of runways the past few seasons, and vests too. But, in this beautiful collection they look really great.