Fashion

No mean reds

September 14, 2017

Of all the fashion girls, it’s Giovanna Battaglia‘s style that I enjoy most. Her look is playful, colourful and fun. Last year, I posted this fabulous outfit, and a couple of days ago I spotted Battaglia on the streets of New York in that same fabulous candy stripe skirt. This time she embraced the reds, with sunnies, strappies, talons and a bag all in vivid shades of tomato. Clearly, there’s nothing mean about this girl’s mood.

Autumn whites

September 6, 2017

I love this look — the wide pant, woven belt, the loose fitting top — it’s all so easy and chic. This is how to take post labour day whites well into fall.

let’s polka

September 4, 2017

Anytime I see black and white polka dots, I think of a cocktail dress my Mum wore in the 80s that was fun and flirty and fantastically ruched. She even had black and white polka dot pumps to match. I’m quite sure she wore the outfit to Ascot, with a great chapeau, no doubt. I love the 80s for their sheer excess. It was all so over the top. Here is a very different take on all that. I like the compromise of playful polka dots and shoulder pads with clean beauty and an unfussy topper. Come to think of it, this may be my dream outfit to wear to the races.

 

Alice’s wonderland

August 29, 2017

If there’s a jeweller I’m most excited by these days, it’s Alice Cicolini. With such an eclectic range of influences –– from ancient Eastern traditions to Monet’s pastels –– it’s hard to not love her exuberant designs. Her temple Uzbek dome ring is pure drama, as is this exquisite tourmaline ring. It looks like a cocktail, or a Lalique vase filled with some magic potion. The mix of pink and yellow diamonds, white opals and a Tahitian pearl in this stunner is just divine. The meenakari enamelling under this chrysoprase is beautiful, too. With an endless budget, I’d wear two, maybe three a time. Why not?

classic

August 24, 2017

Few outfits beat jeans and t-shirt, especially when both are just right. Toothpicks from JCrew have been my go-to for a couple of years now, and I’ll never stop buying tees from there, either. I like the fit and the feel. Now, this t-shirt here, this is the best I’ve seen in a while. If I ever find it, I may never take it off.

velvet

August 22, 2017

What’s with all the furry feat? A pair of alpaca slippers like the ones I bought at the Buck Brook Farm in the Catskills,  peut être –– but mink lined sandals, mais non. Holts has dedicated a whole window to the trend; five pairs from five major designers. I’d rather see a window of velvet shoes. Paul Andrew slippers, Aquazzura pumps, Prada mules –– yes, that’s a trend I can step into.

Off the Block

August 15, 2017

I’ve admired the work of Hope and Lily Stockman for some time now. The California-based sisters run a textile company called Block Shop that creates stunning fabrics while providing gainful employment to a community of printers, dyers, carvers and weavers in Rajasthan. The designs are theirs –– they draw inspiration from life in both Los Angeles and Jaipur –– and everything is made by hand in India. Bock Shop donates five per cent of its profits to community healthcare initiatives. I like these bold prints a lot, and I think most meals would look better on a dolly runner. Have a look at the images in their gallery –– it’s all very inspiring.

Sposa

August 11, 2017

I love weddings; I love seeing how a couple’s style is reflected in their choice of outfits, music and cake. This summer, culinary artist, Leila Gohar married her magazine publisher love, Omar Sosa in the magical region of Andalusia. There were many dresses, including a dreamy Simone Rocha, a magnificent donkey ride, (complete with red fan and white lace parasol) fig tart (in place of wedding cake) and a beautiful dinner in a bull ring. One for the books. Olé!

Bella Italia

July 26, 2017

Swimming pool, Cypress trees, yellow stripes — sign me up. I’ve never been to the famous Il Pellicano, but this scene looks pretty divine. All she’s missing is an audaciously big sun hat and a glass of Campari.

 

Through hoops

July 25, 2017

In terms of jewellery design, few things are as timeless as a pair of yellow gold hoops. These here are from 6th Century Greece, but they’re no less modern than the hoops we see today. My daughter (with freshly pierced ears) is determined to wear hoops. Something tiny and delicate from Catbird is as close as she’s going to get. She has a lifetime of hoops ahead, let’s start small.

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