On My Mind

Fashion From The Past

Vogue predicts that there will be a surge of interest in vintage Gucci — pre-Tom Ford era 1994-2004 — thanks to the upcoming film House of Gucci. The film is based on the infamous Italian family from the ’70s to mid ’90s. So, to get a jump on this trend, I dug deep into my closet and unearthed my first Gucci bag. Mother let me pick out a bag on a trip to Rome in 1978 and I chose the one above. A camel hobo, unsurprisingly. Since it’s firmly in my never-changing wheelhouse, I’m going to drop it at Artbag and let them do their magic. Will I carry it again? Very possibly.

The bottom three are from the early ’90s. They had bamboo handles, which I removed the moment I purchased them and looped the messenger strap instead. I wore these to death and I’m not sure any amount of TLC can revive them.

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GUCCI

Gucci Horsebit 1955 mini bag

MALONE SOULIERS

Gavi crossover-strap leather slides

BROCK COLLECTION

Wool-blend cardigan

SAINT LAURENT

Le Maillon leather sandals

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Suzanne mini leather cross-body bag

SAINT LAURENT

Jota chain-embellished leather sandals

MATTEAU

Broderie-cotton maxi skirt

PRADA

Single-breasted hooded raincoat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Leather sandals

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Flower brooch

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Le Maillon leather shoulder bag

GUCCI

Aviator-style gold-tone and acetate sunglasses

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W Magazine

‘The Future of Fashion Is in the Past’

This picture of Sally Singer, Amazon’s head of fashion direction, wearing her own vintage Geoffrey Beene top and skirt in W magazine makes me want to dig deep into the past.

Photography by Justin French   Styling by All Alliata di Montereale 

Circling Back

Walk The Talk

If you’ve ever wondered if I buy the items I post on, here you go:

After I admitted that I’m color challenged, Heather Clawson aka Habitually Chic recommended that I start with a blue shirt. This Ann Mashburn Boyfriend Shirt fits shockingly well. I always thought a button-down should be boxy, which I now realize was idiotic. And, Heather was spot-on, blue is fab. I’ll never have to stress about an evening look thanks to this Totême shift paired with Chanel heels — so easy. I’ve been wearing the Maison Mayle coat non-stop this spring, and the Hermès clogs in black and beige just make me happy.

On My Inspiration Board

Nili Lotan in The Cut

The Cut did a super Q&A with designer Nili Lotan. Gold jewelry, clogs, thank you notes, an elegant watch are on her list. “What’s your guilty pleasure? I don’t have any guilt.” Refreshing.

On My Inspiration Board

Classic Bits In Vogue UA

A simple barrette with a Prada raincoat, Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra pendants with a turtleneck, and a Chanel bag — these classic bits never get old.

All images April Vogue UA

Styling Tweak

A Small Change Can Make A Big Difference

When I wear a bangle with my watch, the bangle is above and the watch is low around my wrist. But, that’s about to change. In two recent posts I noticed Princess Caroline and architect Barbara Ghidoni wearing the combo reversed, and it looks right. Otherwise, my watch just looks like a bracelet in a stack. I was chatting with a very helpful woman at Cartier about watch placement when I dropped off my Américaine for an overhaul yesterday. A small tweak can make a big difference.

On My Inspiration Board

Architect Chic

When I spied Mexican architect Frida Escobedo in April Vogue Paris, I was reminded of two other incredibly chic architects, Milan-based Barbara Ghidoni and German-born Annabelle Selldorf. These women have enviable personal style.

Images Vogue Paris, AD, WSJ. Magazine

Beauty

Scent Search

Thanks to comments from SueM and Susan, I’m off to do some perfume exploration. I have an appointment today at Scent Bar to try a few of the above.

On My Mind

Easter

I am the Easter bunny in my house. Filling baskets is a tradition that I enjoy, however, I can’t buy the candy too early or I’ll eat it all. I sent a box of sweets to my older daughter two weeks ago just to get it out of the house and she ate the chocolates upon arrival — like mother, like daughter.

The crocuses and snowdrops are up promising a beautiful spring. Easter makes me feel hopeful and thankful — here’s to a new chapter, a renewal.

Happy Easter!

On My Radar

WSJ. Magazine: ‘Watch Watch’

I seem to be on the same wavelength as a story in WSJ. Magazine. I don’t usually follow men’s fashion, but this article on men wanting smaller watch faces got my attention. I’m right there, too, loving a smaller watch — less statement, a bit more elegant.