Fashion

Raspberry beret

October 18, 2017

It’s that time of year, when it’s too soon for a woolly hat, and too chilly to step out with your noggin uncovered. Enter le beret. It’s the perfect fall topper; just enough felt to keep you warm, and just enough French to keep you cool. I have a red one somewhere, brought back from Dijon by my grandmother. Red is a good colour for a beret. But really, any hue will do.

back to basics

October 9, 2017

I came across the Austin-based clothing line, Esby today –– and my wish list is long. It all looks so easy and wearable. I’ll take a cotton Ikat dress, a pair of high waisted cream denim pants, and this effortless tomato red romper. The bathing suit styles, all simple and athletic, are super. And the menswear looks pretty swipeable, too.

to the ball

October 5, 2017

Red and turquoise is a dynamite colour combination, in my view. Add shimmer, sequins and plenty of barely pink tulle, and Delpozo just whipped up Cinderella’s perfect frock. In fact, in my fairytales, Ariel, Aurora, Belle et al. are all dressed by Josep Font.

in season

October 3, 2017

Fall colours –– rust, sage green and ochre –– are beautiful. But how about bursting into Autumn with a neon green oversized sweater or a pair of crepe de chine pants in wildflower pink? This coat, the colour of a Sicilian lemon, is pure joy.  And just look at the size of that dahlia. Dahlias come in high wattage colours, and so can we.

Nuts and bolts

October 2, 2017

I love to know the myths and legends behind iconic fashion items like a Birkin bag or a Rolex watch. This morning, I stumbled upon these little known facts about the Cartier Love Bracelet. “When the bracelet was first launched, Cartier gave pairs of them to some of the most famous couples of the 20th century including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen, and Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti.” And did you know that some hospitals keep Cartier screwdrivers on hand in case they need to remove the pieces from patients in an emergency? Classic. Of course, there’s always room to individualize the bangle with a stack of quirky arm candy. I kind of like this combination of tennis bracelets and high wattage gold leaf. I also like it as is, simple and chic.

party animals

September 29, 2017

I was invited to a party the other day with an animal theme. My friend Katherine Holland was showcasing her fabulous photos of exotic rescue animals, and I realized I had not a single animal print to wear. In a wardrobe with more variety of print than a Kenzo runway, it’s surprising that there’s nary a cheetah, leopard or snake in sight. Claudia Cardinale often wore a leopard coat, and it’s crossed my mind to do the same. I’d choose a vintage one, and this boxy tailoring is just my thing. Another idea is to buy leopard scarf, and turn it into a turban when I feel like walking on the wild side.

 

shoe in

September 27, 2017

As of tomorrow when the temperatures drop to the more typical teens, our footwear will shift from Birks to brogues. I’m excited about buying a new pair of loafers. In the meantime though, I’m loving these sandals. It’s probably a good thing that I’ve got no idea where they’re from –– I’d be wearing them with wooley socks within a week.

Living doll

September 21, 2017

Who doesn’t love a big, ruffled collar? “Jersey con cuello bebé,” is how Spanish Vogue described this perfect, little sweater. Because yes, the collar does look like it belongs on a baby’s blouse. And that’s just fine, if you ask me.

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.

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