On My Mind

Resale Reluctance

I fully support the resale revolution, it’s great for a whole host of reasons. Then, why do I often hesitate to make a purchase, and when I do, hold my breath until the item arrives and is scrutinized for authenticity? I’m afraid of getting stuck with a fake. Fortunately, the few things I’ve bought are real — they were not marquee items, just ones I’d missed when in the stores and, thankfully, got a second chance. But, I’m not sure I’d buy a Birkin or Classic Chanel bag resale because what is the recourse if I suspect it’s a fake? Hermès won’t authenticate, and I doubt Chanel would either. And I don’t blame them. Hmm…

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PRADA

Wool top

MACKINTOSH

Dunkled putty bonded cotton 3/4 coat

BOTTEGA VENETA

Bouclé jacket

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

BOTTEGA VENETA

A-line bouclé skirt

MARNI

Clog sandals

RAY-BAN

Classic B-15

THAKOON

Poplin tie front maxi dress

SAINT LAURENT

Tribute leather sandals

BEN-AMUN

Gold-plated necklace

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

ANNA QUAN

Bebe ribbed cotton top

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On My Radar

FT’s New ‘How To Spend It’

Years ago kic was listed as a favorite site in the Financial Times’ How To Spend It magazine. I would have missed the mention if I hadn’t been a subscriber. Fortunately, FT had the good sense to appoint Jo Ellison to editor of How To Spend It as the magazine was in desperate need of updating. Jo’s welcome letter talks to the upcoming changes, and this story on Malgosia Bela is the inaugural fashion spread. Well done, Jo.

Photography by Kuba Ryniewicz Styling by Isabelle Kountoure

On My Radar

Rumor Has It

According to WWD, former Celine creative director Phoebe Philo may be planning a new collection with an eco focus. Out of the spotlight since 2017, Philo’s return with her own brand would be exciting.

NYFW 2020

Marc Jacobs Closed NYFW With A Bang

Marc Jacobs closed a pretty ho-hum NYFW with a bang. Marc told WWD that the collection is not nostalgic but, rather, joyful. Whatever the inspiration, he showed a lot of beautifully constructed clothes to covet next fall.

It Item

This Khaite Belt Is A Yes

I’ve been wearing my beloved Classic 3 Passants Saint Laurent belt since I retired the Gucci ‘GG’ well over a year ago. This belt by Khaite just came down the runway and it’s similar to the Saint Laurent in style but the size of the Gucci — that’ll be a yes.

On My Inspiration Board

New Jeans

Thank you @katedavidsonhudson and @juliabershoeff for the great jeans inspo. The Celine pair on Kate look fab — everything looks amazing on my old friend…

Collaboration

A.P.C. x Persol

When the email announcing the A.P.C. x Persol collaboration popped into my mailbox my heart skipped a beat. In the early ’80s I lived in a classic pair, only to lose them on a trip to Switzerland. Fingers crossed that these look as good.

FW20 NYFW

And They’re Off

I didn’t have high hopes for NYFW, happily Tom Ford proved me wrong. Okay, so he’s chairman of the CFDA and showed in LA — let’s remember that it’s the Council of Fashion Designers of America, not New York, and cut him some slack. Anything that revitalizes American fashion is good by me. His look above is so chic I can’t stand it — I will wear that skirt forever.

Platforms are back — they were in Rachel Comey’s collection (on a model over 50…) below, too — green with grey socks is such a good combo. The Partow dress below is perfection.

Beauty

Well Versed

I have tricky skin and cannot tolerate most products. Ironically, many of the costliest do the least and a few less pricy products work miracles. Versed, sold at Target, is an affordable, clean skincare line that now counts LVMH as an investor. Has anyone tried it? I’m ordering a few items and will report back.

On My Inspiration Board

Bits & Bobs

After my Thinking About Spring post I tracked down the last Chanel Cruise headscarf. I won’t wait too long on the ones in the Jacquemus FW20 collection — both the navy and white are great.  I love a white button-down as much as the next woman, but it often looks ho-hum on me. I’m inspired by how Lauren Santo Domingo styled her Toteme shirt.  And a classic earring gets me every time.