The pre-sale emails that are starting to pop-up in my inbox aways catch me off guard. Sale season already? It is indeed. I love these three pieces, they’d be great when we transition into fall. Trench, loafer, jeans.
Gucci Horsebit 1955 small bag
Belted wool-twill jacket
Hooded virgin-wool duffel coat
Belted distressed denim jacket
Hooded velvet cape
Hooded wool duffle coat
Longline virgin-wool tunic
Tubular Leather Knee Boots
Haines Ribbed-Knit Cardigan
Monfumo Leather Hiking Boots
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.
Photography by Lachlan Bailey for WSJ. Magazine Styling by Clare Richardson
Refreshing beauty advice from model/entrepreneur Rachel Roberts on designer Kendall Conrad’s blog Aficionada:
The weather warmed up significantly, so I moved my coats, wool skirts, and winter wear to a back closet. Sadly, most items went unworn last season. Sweaters are being cleaned and repaired before they, too, go into storage. I’ve gone a bit overboard with moth traps, but these actually work and have prevented untold damage. In exchange, out came my spring standbys. This is the moment when I realize that I don’t have fill-in-the-blank. This year it’s lighter-weight, knee-length skirts and dresses. I have a ton of mini-ish skirts, and dressy dresses to the knee, but I need something in-between. The A.P.C. shirt dress from the previous post should be here today; I’m hoping it will help fill this gap in my wardrobe. I, also, ordered this aRossGirl❤️Soler medium-wale corduroy skirt (it’s darker IRL) — I will shorten it and wear it three seasons. On a side note, I don’t grab my midi-length pieces that often and may alter a few to get more wear out of them.
A shirt dress is a summer staple that can easily be dressed up or down. What makes this one by A.P.C. (and here) so good? It only buttons to the waist and it’s short-sleeved. I bought two last year and they’ve already been out and about. I love the Hermès Oran slides but never wear them — not sure why. And I want to try the new Eden-Roc perfume by Dior — the beachy scent is oh-so-Côte d’Azur.
The temps are in the high 60s/low 70s, which is ideal for my favorite sweater and sandals mashup. A cardigan — layered over a button-down or tee — that you can take off and throw over your shoulders when it warms up. Add classic earrings and go. I cropped these straight Saint Laurent jeans.
Pedro Almodóvar’s short film The Human Voice is an adaptation of the Jean Cocteau stage play of the same name. Starring Tilda Swinton, the film is the director’s English-language debut and it looks super stylish in both the sets and wardrobe. I’m late to the game on this one and, even though it’s on HBO Max, I hope to catch it while it’s still at the Film Forum.
I hit my fashion stride in the ’90s and, even though I don’t spend much time looking back to the past, it’s an era I reference often and look forward to reading this new book. The Saint Laurent in red did me no favors, however, this jacket from the same brilliant SS21 collection could be good. Dining al fresco is here(!) and I’m adding to my beloved Wedgwood Napoleon Ivy pattern from Replacements. My friend Elizabeth Mayhew bakes the most exquisite cakes under the name The Dutchy — perfect for a spring luncheon.
‘Mother’ is a way of being; we are all mothers. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!
I’ve already emailed Chanel a request for an evening cape from the Cruise 2021/22 collection (she thinks I’m nuts, but hey). The chain belt is so good dressed up or down. This Cartier image is from my new favorite Instagram feed @marchelineisabelle, and I’m following her recently launched eponymous blog, Marcheline Isabelle, too. And my friend Gigi sent me the image lower left, it’s her summer evening inspiration — chic.