On My Inspiration Board

Self Service: Modern Elegance

These three pictures from Fall/Winter 2023 Self Service are the epitome of modern elegance, something I mused on in a recent post. The hair pulled back, a bold red lip, and clutch and gloves elevate each look.

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The Toteme Tote

Thankfully, large totes are trending because I need one. I’ve downsized my laptop but I still need a large shoulder bag when flying. Not only do I love the size of these by Toteme, grey and dark brown are great color options.

To Read & See

On My Radar

Week before last, I heard the charming and very witty David Netto talk about his new book. His stunning interior design projects are a true reflection of the designer himself. The exhibition Mood of the moment: Gaby Aghion and the house of Chloé at the Jewish Museum is on my must-see list, especially with the exciting recent appointment of Chemena Kamali as creative director. And, I won’t pass up a chance to see a Tracey Emin exhibition. A solo show of her new paintings opens November 4 at White Cube New York.

On My Mind

Easy Elegance

This photograph of Sofia Coppola, by Steven Meisel for the cover story in The Originals issue of W, takes my breath away. This is how women looked when I was a little girl, elegant and refined. They wore everything with such ease, yet, it took a lot of work to achieve and maintain. As I get older, I’m striving for a bit more elegance in my appearance and mien.

Below are some of the actors in the film Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, which will be released in 2024. Chloë Sevigny as CZ Guest, Naomi Watts as Babe Paley, Demi Moore as Ann Woodward, Calista Flockhart as Lee Radziwill, and Diane Lane as Slim Keith.

October Vogue France


Photography by Alex Webb Styling by Max Ortega

Like Mrs. Prada’s bomber-esque Duffle jacket, this The Row trench top intrigues me. I called the whole look tricky in a collections post last January, yet I really like the Sacai-like feel. Looks fab on Amber Valletta in October Vogue France.

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Green Satin Slides

These SS24 satin mules from Altuzarra and Prada take me right back to Vogue in the ’90s when we all wore Manolo and Prada slides and you could hear the slap slap slapping as we raced through the halls. I absolutely love them in green.

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Fab Four

Navy and cognac is a classic pairing and I’ve been eyeing this Prada cropped duffle jacket since I posted a street style image from Copenhagen Fashion Week mid-August. The Saint Laurent bucket in black is one of my all-time best purchases and I toyed with getting another in bottle green. Cognac is stunning, too, and would look amazing with a Crimson Cashmere bandana. Last week I bought one of Linda’s bandanas in army green wool and cannot wait to wear it. Lastly, I’ve had my heart set on a Clash de Cartier bracelet and tried one for size at Charles de Gaulle. Weirdly, I’m in-between sizes so I didn’t buy it. But I’m still thinking about it…

Industry News

Chemena Kamali Named Chloé Creative Director

Chemena Kamali is named Chloé creative director and I’m delighted. A two-time Chloé alum under both Phoebe Philo and Clare Waight Keller — the best Chloé designers post Karl Lagerfeld in my book— and most recently Saint Laurent’s women’s ready-to-wear design director, Ms. Kamali is a smart choice. This appointment will put the Chloé brand firmly back in the game.

On My Radar

Copy That

Above is one of the most talked about looks from the recent SS24 Paris collections. It’s Carven by the newly installed creative director, Louise Trotter. Ms. Trotter, previously the designer at Lacoste, seems to have found her calling at Carven and, with Suzanne Koller’s brilliant styling, sent out one of the strongest shows of the week. At first glance this is a straight-up classic outfit, however, the sheer skirt elevates it to runway-worthy status. It’s, also, an easy look to wear now.  Not a fan of the sheer trend, I would swap in a summer-weight white or grey skirt. A grey crewneck à la Mrs. Prada — perhaps from the men’s department — a black “Phoebe’s final show for Cèline” style clutch that I’m glad I kept, and trench would simulate the look for now. The above trench is on my SS24 wishlist.

Paris Fashion Week

Chanel, Sigh

I want to throw on this Chanel caftan over a swimsuit and be cocktails ready. And, even though the Mary Jane flats are impractical in white, I can’t/won’t resist them.