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Super Random

While I’m keeping an eye on all-things fashion, I’m also involved with all-things garden. I am in two GCA garden clubs and was tapped last spring to help choose the speakers for one of them. This has been a fun and somewhat nerve wracking endeavor. This week we hosted the brilliant K Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Co. I was introduced to K by the artist Carol Greenan Bouyoucos. Carol designed their most recent seed packet, which features foxgloves. I can’t wait to see the NYBG Orchid Show that opens tomorrow. The theme is Florals In Fashion. Thankfully, the fashion community is focused on overconsumption and this new campaign, ‘Girls Just Wanna Grow Plants’, makes me smile. And, a big congratulations to longtime kic reader Laing F. Rikkers on her ‘Best Book Cover Design’ award for Morning Leaves.

Below is an excerpt from Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Samira Nasr’s recently launched newsletter titled Samira’s Notebook. Since the newsletter appears to be for subscribers only, I posted it briefly then removed it. Karen asked if I would rerun the bit on Sofia Coppola’s NYC picks.

Favorite coffee spot?

For a coffee or a Negroni, Bar Pisellino. I love their little Italian sandwiches when you need a quick bite on the way to a movie or to go for a trip. And then McNulty’s on Christopher Street is such a great and historic place to buy teas and coffee.

Bite to eat?

I like RedFarm on the Upper West Side for dumplings and EN Japanese Brasserie for classic Japanese food and beautiful flowers. You can reserve a tatami room for a small group for special occasions.

Neighborhood go-tos?

Thompson Chemists is a family-run pharmacy in SoHo where you get real customer service and European pharmacy products. I go to ThColor House New York on Lafayette for film processing and to buy Kodak Portra 35mm film. For books, Three Lives & Company in the West Village. I love to go there and discuss books with the staff.


The Judd Foundation preserves Donald Judd’s home in SoHo. Call for a private tour.

Let’s talk clothing. Denim? Favorite white tee? Socks? 

I go to the Levi’s on Broadway for classic jeans. It has a great tailor and customization department, and you can bring your vintage Levi’s in to get altered. This is my favorite white tee and these are my favorite cashmere socks.

I am building a stack of bangles and will add the David Yurman Cable bracelet. I love the cable ring from a recent post and I only wear oval shaped bangles so this one is a win-win. For evening, when I want some serious sparkle without breaking the bank, I pull out this glamorous Merrichase cuff by my friend Jennifer Powers.

Designer Kendall Conrad could be a modern day Swan. She is in the process of shifting her business to a creative consultation studio for like minded brands. Everything Kendall puts her mind to is chic. Good luck, KC!

And, this Toteme brown coat that I posted on last August is fabulous. Oversized is an understatement, runs extremely large.


This & That From NYFW

The Carolina Herrera cape and bag are so chic, just wish I could wear them this spring and not have to wait until the FW24 collections are in stores late summer. And, the belted Bottega Veneta tunic  and Frame jeans on the NYFW showgoer below get 5 stars.

Image courtesy of Vogue


Miuccia Prada Covers March Vogue

Miuccia Prada on the cover of March Vogue — with an accompanying must-read profile — is brilliant on so many levels and makes me incredibly proud to be a former Vogue editor.

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Coat Tales: NYFW

NYFW is underway and there are already some great coats on the FW24 runways. Proenza Schouler opened with a black peacoat and then repeated it in white. The bands on the sleeves are a nice detail.

Proenza Schouler showed a cream fluffy coat right, which made me think of Toteme’s FW24 coat left shown in Paris during the couture shows.

Derek Lam, the newly appointed creative director of the Italian brand Callas Milano, has some beautiful coats in his debut collection. Callas Milano is direct-to-consumer and is presenting the FW24 collection by appointment.

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Bright Tights

After I posted on colorful tights two weeks ago, I’ve been meaning to try a few pairs from the Italian legwear brand Calzedonia. I’ll let you know.

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Khaite: The Loveliest Dress

While perusing the Khaite SS24 runway images last September, I let out a little sigh when I spotted the pleated silk dress below — it’s so lovely. In toffee above is my dream dress.

On My Mind

Chemena Kamali’s Chloé

Chloé’s new creative director, Chemena Kamali, launched a series of portraits of iconic women from different eras of the house that “…capture the emotion and energy of Chloé and the women who embody both its history and spirit. They are effortlessly powerful, beautiful, free.” David Sims’s photographs exemplify the Chloé spirit perfectly.

The series, featuring the new refined Chloé logo, is revealed ahead of the Chloé Winter 2024 show, which will take place during Paris Fashion Week on February 29th, 2024. This is my most anticipated show of the upcoming FW24 collections.

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Slip Into Saint Laurent

Both toe shapes on these SS24 Saint Laurent slip-ons are divine. Left & right.


A.P.C. Beauty

With a significant LVMH-backed investment last March, A.P.C. is having a growth spurt. Founded in 1987 by Jean Touitou, the brand is expanding and yesterday launched a line of self-care products. The house’s signature orange blossom scent is featured. A longtime A.P.C. fan, I’m eager to try all of the above.

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A Perfect Pairing

I have my eye on this Moncler quilted down shell jacket, it would look great with these Frame Slim Palazzo jeans — a perfect pairing.