Fashion

instrumental

September 20, 2018

This dress, by Iris van Herpen, looks like a harp to me. It’s called ‘Aeolian,’ which in musical terms refers to a diatonic scale called the natural minor scale. It also references the winds, and Aeolus, the Greek God of wind and patriarch of the Greeks. We spent our honeymoon in the Aeolian Islands. This is just the sort of dream dress a new bride should toss in her valise for warm nights under the bougainvillea and stars.

Even if the shoe doesn’t fit

September 12, 2018

My Mum had a gorgeous pair of strappy sandals, made of leather ribbons of metallic pink, emerald and electric blue. The heel was gold, and maybe an inch or two in height. I remember tottering about in her heels and a cotton nightie, and feeling utterly glamorous and grown-up. Even for my grown-up feet the shoes were too big, but I kept them anyway.  These Stine Goya strappies remind me of my Mama’s shoes.

M&Ms

September 10, 2018

I’m not one for colour trends, or any trends, but based on a recent shopping spree with my nine-year-old daughter, mustard and marigold are in colours. At Zara, we saw dresses, puffers and culottes in all shades of the season’s favourite hues. I wouldn’t turn down a Big Bird faux fur jacket or Mansur Gavriel mustard suede mules. And a marigold velvet arm chair is kind of a dream.

scent of a woman

August 29, 2018

I put a shirt on this morning, freshly dry cleaned, and thought immediately of my grandmother. There must be something in the dry cleaning chemicals that remind me of her. Crisp white shirts were her uniform, and I’m sure she had her wardrobe dry cleaned regularly. The smell of hot dogs remind me of her, she loved hot dogs, and so does First by Van Cleef & Arpels. That was her signature scent, grand and decadent. Dry cleaning chemicals, hot dogs and Van Cleef & Arpels –– what a combination. It speaks volumes.

sleeves

August 24, 2018

Oh yes, to voluminous blouses and Gucci loafers that are a million days old. I love this outfit. it’s the only way I’d ever wear khakis. I may trade her cream clutch in for a splash of colour, and how about a hat? More is more is my adage. And pourquois not?

everyday people

August 21, 2018

It’s always kind of lovely to see an iconic figure engaged in the mundane, the everyday; a president playing basketball, a queen walking her dogs. It’s a gentle reminder that all people are human. All people fart, and ride their bikes and spread butter on toast. I love this image, caught on camera by Howell Conant, of Princess Grace doing her daughter’s hair. “I loved photographing Grace when she was with her children, if only because she could get so involved with them that she paid little attention to me and my camera,” he said. “At the moment when I snapped this photo, nothing was more important than fixing Caroline’s curls.”

summer loving

August 17, 2018

What a delightful dress –– demure and preppy like an English school uniform –– and simple enough to be worn a million ways. I rather like it as is, no accessories, bare feet. I’d have this made in five colours and wear them all summer long.

 

spring blooms

August 15, 2018

Venerable British textile and wallpaper house, GP & J Baker has teamed up with H&M on a collection that is as pretty and whimsical as an English garden. These wide length pants –– covered in peonies, irises and cherry blossom –– are delightful, and so is this fabulously floral jumpsuit. I want this blouse, so I can dress like Spring, no matter the season.

summer streetsyle

August 1, 2018

High waisted shorts, check. Button down camisole, check. Plain Jane hair, sans maquillage, check. I like it all, head to toe. I can’t see her shoes, but I am picturing these.

 

modern romance

July 26, 2018

This is a dream of a dress, from Madrid based dressmakers, Romencera. It would be fabulous for a bride –– but not exclusively for one. I’d wear this to something really special with orange lips and a brilliant shoe. Take a look at the other frocks, all so ethereal and unique.

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