September 20, 2018

Maison Lesage

Lace never goes out of style and while this is not Lesage lace, it gives the effect at a much lower price point. Françoise Lesage was a French couture embroiderer who did exquisite work and collaborated with all the top houses like Balmain, Balenciaga, Dior and Givenchy. When he died in 2011, his atelier became part of Chanel.

I am wearing my lace blouse with a pair of Cinq à sept cropped flares that have slits and bows. My Jill Stuart shoes mirror the pants. A little cutsie for me but you have to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. I would wear this look for cocktails, under a blazer with different shoes for a fun day look and with jeans to go clubbing.

 Let's cha-cha-cha!
September 14, 2018

Courrèges Meets Mies van der Rohe

Upon the suggestion of someone who works for Chloé USA, I went to US #1 Vintage in Chicago. They don't have a website so you just have to go there. I didn't think I was going to find anything because they have a LOT of cowboy boots which happen to be "in" right now but not of interest to me. They had some clothing hanging from the rafters like Chanel but not interested because even at resale, it's overpriced. The owner said he had some things in boxes in the back but I was not hopeful. After pulling enough out of a box, I happened on a classic Courrèges dress from the 60s. Had it dry-cleaned and it was good as new. Aside from buying a unique designer piece, you are helping save the planet by not contributing to the landfills.

My Courrèges dress then inspired me to go to Farnworth House by Mies van der Rohe -- just an hour west of Chicago. All I can say is that it is a spectacular representation of the International Style, Modernist. The photos really don't do it justice.

Any question or comments, I'd love hear from you.
September 6, 2018

Tomas Maier collaboration

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Tomas Maier, the creative director for Bottega Veneta for 17 years, did a collaboration with Uniqlo shortly before he left the design house early this summer. Lucky for us to get a taste of his artistry. Collaborations have been very popular ever since Target started them decades ago. Now Target only does one with WHOWHATWEAR which is great but I miss the designers. Anyway Uniqlo has picked up the slack and has offered collaborations with Inès de la Fressange, Carine Roitfeld and Tomas Maier to name a few. 

Getting back to Uniqlo x Tomas, the dress below was part of that collaboration. It is a synthetic chiffon that is very easy and breezy for the Indian summer that I am sure we will have. Wear it with a kerchief scarf (this one by Gucci), some flat sandals and unbutton it a bit to loosen up it's covered up first impression.

Tomas, the super luxury designer shops at Uniqlo which shows that no one is too fashionable to shop there. Ps. I hear that Inès de la Fressange will be back this fall.

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August 30, 2018

Marcy's World

One of the most famous American paintings of the middle 20th century is Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth|1948 and hangs in the MoMA. The photograph of me in the grass in Newport, Rhode Island reminded me of this iconic painting. Not planned but serendipity.
In a departure from my usual tailored clothing, I bought a feminine Betsey Johnson polka dot chiffon dress and wore it to a polo match in Newport. DO keep experimenting with your style as you grow up into your 50s. Betsey Johnson is known for her rather over-the-top designs. This dress is pretty tame for her. Betsey used to live on lower 5th Avenue near me and I would see her hailing a cab in a crazy get up quite frequently.

Dress: Betsy Johnson Shoes: Chanel
August 23, 2018

'Heavenly Bodies' at The Cloisters


I went to the 'Heavenly Bodies' exhibit at The Cloisters which is part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art last week. With views of the Hudson river this medieval castle felt as though I was in Italy.  The architecture, the art, the gardens and of course the Church's influence through the fashion took me back to my trips to Italy. 

The show further explores Catholicism's influence on fashion. I don't think I have the words to describe the exhibit or it's second half at the The Met; suffice to say it is magical. Hats off to the curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton. All the designers chosen are Catholic obviously with the exception of Chanel. Among them are Valentino, Gaultier, Rick Owens, Rodarte, Lanvin, Chanel, Dior and Thom Browne.

In the top photo is a gown by Jean Paul Gaultier with the bleeding heart. With reference to the Sacré-Coeur I am sure which pulls it around to Paris and fashion. By the way the two Americans, Rodarte and Thom Browne are showing in Paris now. Below is Thom Browne's creation and I can't tell you what he was thinking. Thom has a lot of Catholic imagery in his shows. Seems like Catholicism has a strong influence both good and bad on many of the designers. 

After all the talk of the show with all the major names in fashion I now return to a tongue-and-cheek description my attire. Well I'll try to be tongue-and-cheek but don't know if I can describe anything with whimsical exaggeration.  It is pretty straight forward. I was wearing a lightweight gauze dress by ba&sh that was perfect on this hot and humid day in New York. After years living in San Francisco, I don't have a lot of hot weather attire since it is always kind of chilly. 
These are The Cloisters lovely gardens. And there is that hat again. Looking a little worse for wear having been stored in overhead compartments. The dress is very loose and cool with subtle iridescent threads woven into the bottom part. 
I want to mention that the exhibit goes until the October 8th. So if you're in New York and even if you're not make a plan to go! Email me at with any questions.
August 15, 2018

Thom Browne & Joseph Altuzzara

Thom and Joseph are two big names in the fashion industry that I have written about more than once so I love representing them here together with my look. Ha. Thom is a friend that I met early in his career before he became a mega star. Joseph is an adorable very talented designer of French and Chinese decent.

Thom designs for both men and women. He started with mens where he developed his following so womens has always felt a little like a step-child. Like mens everything is very menswear inspired for women. His fashion shows are a spectacle to be seen. Weird and otherworldly. Super creative. Anyway almost all garments have a red, white and blue theme or detail. Even if it is only a grosgrain on the shirt sleeve below. 

I got this Thom Browne tennis vest with red and blue stripes almost 8 years ago and it still looks fresh partly because it is a classic. I am wearing a lightweight linen blouse by Thom Browne underneath.
The jeans are Joseph Altuzzara and I love them because they are high waisted and a fresh alternative to the ripped jean trend that seems to be going on and on. I love the red stitching that actually works with the vest but is not too matchy matchy.
These sunglasses are my favorite this summer and I say 'this' because they probably won't be around next summer. I lose them at an alarming rate so I buy cheap ones. These are from Target.
Here I am walking away from the shoot and you can see the back of the jeans. No pockets which I like for something different. I always strive to be a little different if only subtlety. I don't like to follow trends unless I am on the front end of them.

August 9, 2018

Saint Laurent Inspired

Last fall I went to auction house sale of vintage designer clothes. I found an iconic Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche safari tunic, Saharienne in royal blue. It was one size too small but I was determined to get it because it was YSL and it seemed like there was enough room but when I tried it on, it would not come all the way down over my hips. Below is Saharienne in classic khaki. 

This spring I found a YSL inspired linen top that I am wearing below. You don't find linen around too much these days because Americans don't like the wrinkles but there is nothing like it in the sweltering heat. Europeans are much more likely to be seen wearing it -- they embrace the wrinkles and find it luxurious.

I'm wearing the linen top with some white Citizens of Humanity jeans, a Clare V crossbody bag and my Gucci kerchief scarf that I've had forever. I call the things I have had in my wardrobe for a long time -- old friends. If you shop well, you will have them too.

My Aquazzura or any laced shoes look great with cropped pants or a long flowy dress.