Fashion

Anemone

April 21, 2017

These flower portraits by Steven Meisel are just so beautiful. They pay homage to Constance Spry, a famous British educator, florist and author. She created exquisitely grand arrangements for high society clients such as Cecil Beaton, and she did the flowers for the weddings of the Duke of Gloucester, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and for the coronation of the Queen. This is my favourite of Meisel’s homages, anemones that look like the prettiest and most delicate fried eggs.

I dream of Genie

April 17, 2017

I’m a little potty about these genie pants. They look like they’re made from some beautiful organza, but even in a 100 per cent rayon, I’d love them. I see them with a fun, embellished t-shirt and a flirty heel or a plain white t-shirt and espadrilles. And yes, I’ll take them in every colour of the rainbow, please.

Column A

April 12, 2017

This early 70s Givenchy dress, organza with raglan sleeves, is just the sort of thing I’d like to have copied in various fabrics. I find it so versatile and chic. I might choose a different neckline, a boat neck, perhaps, and a three quarter length sleeve instead of the full length. It belonged to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, who likely wore it with heaps of Cartier diamonds to a casual dinner for 40. I’d throw on Rebeca de Ravenel’s bonbons and a pair of chartreuse satin mules  and head out for wine and frites.

Tie me

March 31, 2017

At school, my friend Alina wore her hair in tight french braids tied at the ends with beautiful grosgrain ribbon. As my hairdos were a bit lopsided, I was always envious of hers. To this day, I love beautiful ribbon, and a grown woman who wears ribbons in her hair is all sorts of fabulous in my book. I’m not sure that I can get away with grosgrain around my top knot, but on a low ponytail, well, that looks super chic.

 

White On

March 30, 2017

My grandmother’s staple evening attire was a crisp white shirt worn with tailored black pants and plenty of diamonds. She must have owned at least 20 shirts; the grander the event, the more ruffles on the shirt. I have one of her shirts, a Theory one with ruffles a plenty. It’s completely unlike me, and yet I feel very much myself in it.

 

Modern Bride

March 29, 2017

This is by far my favourite neckline on a dress. If a bride were looking for something ultra simple, modern and effortless, I might suggest this Gabriela Hearst dress. I love the white silk cigarette pants underneath. I’d pair the dress with these Manolo brogues; veil, optional.

Opposites attract

March 23, 2017

I love a dress with a demure front, and an unexpectedly punchy back. Such dresses leave people perplexed, intrigued, wanting as you walk away. The contradiction amuses me. Fairytale meets femme fatale. I’m crazy about the back of this Edda dress. It’s flirty and feminine and shows just enough back while still echoing the demureness of the dress’ front. Plus, all the fabric on the popo is just too divine.

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Fan

March 21, 2017

I’m not a fan of mushrooms, but I’m a fan of pleats. I imagine a millefeuille top in this beautiful watermelon pink worn with loose silk palazzo pants in a deep golden tobacco. I’d finish the outfit with a sandal in a natural shade and red toes. Oh, and a large straw hat.

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Friends

February 22, 2017

Here’s a question –– which of Bijou Karman’s painted girls would you most want as your friend? With her sweet bob and fuchsia rosette, this one tops my list. She reminds me of Margot Tenenbaum. I’d hazard that she doesn’t talk much, but has a lot to say. And that she’s brilliantly funny, in a dry, sardonic way. I’d also like to be friends with this bicorne-wearing gal. She looks serious, but I bet she’s hilarious. I also know who I wouldn’t want to be friends with — but that’s not kind to say.

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Dress Code

February 8, 2017

At a glance, this girl looks a lot like Stella Stenant –- she has the same aristocratic profile. I love the loose low bun, voluminous coat, large hydrangea print and pretty silk pumps. It’s all so elegant. And to think, this is how women dressed to go to the movies. My grandmother’s rule was no jeans after sundown. Even to an evening film, she would have worn silk slacks and a blouse. I had such a laugh when she called me from New York a few months before she died to tell me that she and a friend had gone out to dinner in the Meatpacking district, “and we wore jeans!”

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