J.Crew Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

J.Crew Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

While Moroccan themes have been at play for a while in both fashion and interiors, inspiration from a recent trip to Marrakech led head J.Crew women’s designer Frank Mora to spearhead one of the most appealing collections for the brand in seasons. With their signature pattern interplay, playful sense of color and winning accessories, the collection has something for everyone. The look may be neutral here but is anything but boring.  Starting with the school boy wool flannel pant, it’s the special pieces and accessories that make the difference. The Moroccan influence can be seen in the hand embroidery and beading of this fabulous merino wool sweater, that would look equally smashing over a black turtleneck or alone.…

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J. Mendel Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

J. Mendel Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Unabashed luxury always marks the collections of J. Mendel. But this fall it’s a luxury with conspicuous contrasts – outerwear of sophisticated biker chic with layered lush opulence and evening looks of sleek simplified silhouettes with complicated craftsmanship. Here the extravagance of Indian broadtail is perfectly paired with trapunto leather panels in this uber chic hooded parka.

From my seat I couldn’t capture the full effect so here is another shot showing the marvelous contrast with the silk chiffon skirt and the cavallino boots by Manolo Blahnik for the collection.

photo by Filippo Flor / InDigital | GoRunway via style.com

Elegant winter white sheaths showed immaculate drape and sinuous seaming.…

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Jenny Packham Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Jenny Packham Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Jenny Packham’s beautiful new collection is princess pretty – literally and figuratively. With elegant slim shapes and flowing silks and chiffon with sparkle aplenty, there were quite a few dresses that looked like they were made especially for holiday celebrations at the palace. Plenty of time for Kate to get back in shape after a summer delivery!

Starting off strong with this lovely flowing peach confection (sorry for the blur – I seemed to have lost my camera mojo for this show), Packham’s fall collection took its inspiration from the intellectual salons of 17th century Paris. Here exquisitely dressed women gathered in splendid surroundings to discuss the culture of the day – art, literature and philosophy.…

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Naeem Khan Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Naeem Khan Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

From the very first dress, it was clear that Naeem Khan is yet again red carpet ready. With a wide range of luxurious looks, Khan’s collection was ripe with lush luxe. Khan looked to both the sinuous lines of 1920s deco and the opulence of the Byzantine empire for inspiration. Black and white is key for fall and Naeem Khan’s version includes elaborate embroidery as seen in one of my favorite looks – a faille evening coat with fox fur cuff over a chantilly lace blouse and tuxedo trousers. Not just anyone could combine such elaborate patterns, weights and textures so effortlessly.…

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Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Thom Filicia

Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk & Thom Filicia

I am excited to announce the debut of a new video series, Stylish Shopping with Susanna Salk. Each segment will take you behind the scenes to share the experience of shopping with a designated design expert. You’ll learn what captures their attention and why, as we explore exciting design resources. We are thrilled to have as our our first guest, designer, author, Emmy award winner and tastemaker Thom Filicia, who will be taking us along to 1stDibs at the New York Design Center to show us how he likes to shop for himself and clients.

Thom Filicia understands how we want to live now.…

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Ralph Rucci Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Ralph Rucci Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

When explaining my set of photographs from the exquisite Chado Ralph Rucci show to my sister, she suggested entitling the post Rear Window. While I had an excellent second row seat, due to the facing lights in the pit, I couldn’t photograph the models as they walked toward me down the aisle but only as they passed. I therefore have a series of shots from the back, hence the Hitchcockian title suggestion. While certainly an unusual perspective, I thought it might be fun to view a collection from this angle – one so frequently neglected.

photos: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital | GoRunway

Ralph Rucci is well known for his meticulous workmanship and innovative techniques.…

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Modern Romance with Miles Redd for Danielle Rollins

Modern Romance with Miles Redd for Danielle Rollins

The March/April issue of  Veranda is all about Modern Romance and that’s exactly what contributing editor Danielle Rollins was looking for when she hired Miles Redd to decorate her expansive 1920s Philip Shutze house in Atlanta.

Who better to create a sumptuous manse perfect for stylish entertaining and gracious living than the man whose signature look is a Fred Astaire Top Hat fantasy come to life in his vintage David Adler mirrored bathroom. And Rollins’ house has a throw back feel to it as well. As Redd explains, “To me, there’s a ’50s sensibility to the decorating, with nods to Babe Paley, Brooke Astor, and the Duchess of Windsor.” Quite the pedigree!…

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Winter in Connecticut

Winter in Connecticut

This year’s winter in Connecticut is how I remember the season growing up – when my mother would escort me to the neighbor’s house in fear that a drift would consume me. Or when older spending hours with our flexible flyers on the neighborhood hill, endlessly making the long trek to the top for the quick thrill of the ride to the bottom. But the cold was worth it, knowing we would come home with pink cheeks and frozen mittens to a lunch of tomato soup and grilled cheese.

I was happily ensconced inside yesterday, remembering those days and admiring the snowscapes in my yard, the blanket of white creating endless graphic photo opps.…

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High Point Market Style Spotters

High Point Market Style Spotters

I am pleased to share that I will be one of the nine Style Spotters for High Point Market this April.

This award winning social media program, created by Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP of Marketing at High Point is now in its fourth season. A group of bloggers, editors and designers are recruited to showcase their favorite products at market. As we peruse the showrooms, we each pick and and post our finds on Pinterest pinboards, offering a wide variety of style choices. You’ll be able to see what we all choose and then vote for your favorite style spotter. I’m delighted to be participating with a great group including several blogging friends.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 | Veronica Beard

New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 | Veronica Beard

Do you know the charming story of Veronica Beard? Of two sisters-in-law, both named Veronica, who married brothers? With backgrounds in fashion and finance, it was clearly destiny for the two to form their mutually eponymous line, a lifestyle label for busy women who love fashion but not fuss. The line started, in the fall of 2010, with iconic jackets with zip in half linings that could easily change the look without the bulk, a clever idea that originally brought me to their collection.

Each season since, the sisters-in-law, above, have branched out, adding pieces until they are now a full fledged collection.…

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