Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nanette Lepore

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore, with her daughter Violet, looks happy for a reason.  With a renewed spirit, her fall collection reflected a lighter attitude. In fact the first part of the show was indeed ethereal and almost heavenly with the all white feminine layered looks.

This was one of the few shows where I saw narrow pants but the fall themes of sheer, fur and layering were evident, making these light white layers work for fall.

Lepore’s feminine boho vision was in full force in this collection, offering many long flirty flowing dresses matched with interesting knits.

There were also some more tailored pieces.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Michael Kors

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Michael Kors

Michael Kors pulled out all the stops today for his 30th anniversary show in the mobbed Theatre at Lincoln Center. And what a show it was – a true event. It featured high-style glamour reminiscent of the 70s but with an updated minimalism – all very Kors – luxe dressing at its best. As the models worked the catwalk to the disco soundtrack, we witnessed oodles of draped jersey, sequins, silk and fur rocking the runway. This show paid homage to Kors’ career and his “polished but easy” wearable styles –  because as he says, it may look beautiful on the runway, but if no one is wearing it, then it isn’t really fashion.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Tory Burch

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Tory Burch

Tory Burch didn’t do a runway show but rather a presentation that circled around the catwalk with pauses for people to get a better peek and take shots. But it all proceeded at a rather clipped pace so it was a good thing that they repeated the procession several times for people either coming and going out of the very crowded studio or staying for multiple viewings like me. Burch described her collection thus – “Fall is inspired by the play of American sportswear and English country dressing – outdoorsy feminine and textured.”

There were indeed many plaid and tweed pieces, mixed with a variety of textures and colors as above.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Lela Rose

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Lela Rose

Lela Rose chose as her inspiration for this collection contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter. I thought this a very interesting choice. It was I’m sure his manipulation and obscuration of imagery that she was after for the fabrics she created, but I couldn’t help but wonder if she was also fascinated by the fact that Richter is so hard to pin down stylistically.
Abstract Painting, 2005, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery

She seemed to be stretching her wings a tad with this collection. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but just as Richter always refused to be labeled, it made me consider whether Rose was trying to expand her range here as well.…

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Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Fashion Week Fall 2011: Derek Lam

Yesterday I was delighted to be back at Lincoln Center for the fall 2011 fashion week shows with my friend Linda Levy, whose husband Peter is in charge of the successful venue at Lincoln Center. Sunday started off with a bang at Derek Lam. Following on the heels of his beautiful pre-fall French inspired show, he proved that he is definitely on a roll. He presented his collection with a quote from George Balanchine “there are no new steps, only new combinations.” And he elaborated on this with the adaptation of new fabrics. Created by combining raw materials in new ways, he has added substance and loft to these fibers.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Things got moved around a bit this week, so our movie post is, just for this week, a weekend feature. Last Friday was my favorite romantic drama – Wuthering Heights, a beautiful soulful film. So I thought it would fun, in honor of Valentine’s Day, to discuss a more light-hearted romantic comedy.

Pillow Talk is probably my favorite of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day/Tony Randall capers. I really think Doris Day is a vastly underrated comedic actress. She is just so wonderful in this frothy feature that even my teenagers find this movie entertaining. In fact, Doris Day was nominated for a best actress Oscar for this film.…

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Magic in Marbella

Magic in Marbella

As many of you know, Friday is normally At the Movies  but because I delayed my post intended for yesterday to include the wonderful Valentine’s selections from Assouline, I will be presenting that today. If I can, I will post an At the Movies entry over the weekend, especially since Oscars are fast approaching.

We are ever so slowly getting infinitesimal hints of spring. Even though there are still feet of snow on the ground, the days are getting minutes longer and the light just a hair brighter. With these encouraging hints, I was inspired to show you a house I’ve always admired in the lovely city of Marbella on the Costa del Sol.…

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Books for Lovers

Books for Lovers

What a fun evening I had yesterday at Assouline’s social media event at their charming shop at the Plaza. I had planned a different post for today, but after attending, I knew I had to do a quick change. As you can imagine, I was like a kid in a candy store – one beautiful book after another. Assouline has done a fabulous job cornering the market on super chic lifestyle titles. For all of you book lovers, they offer a plethora of pleasures for Valentine’s Day gifting. Here are just a few.

One of the newest releases is the charming Lovers by Peynet.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we recognize that everyone celebrates in their own way. Terry, our Wednesday Wines collaborator, has some rather romantic ideas for an evening filled with food, wine and more.

So – what to do first in preparation for your special evening. Is it perhaps to shop for that special piece of sexy lingerie? You know you always feel a little extra special and feminine when you make your partner’s day with a new outfit. One of the best lingerie stores in our neck of the woods, where they always give you the attention you need and deserve is Patricia Gourlay in Greenwich, CT.…

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Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. The year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family (interesting considering the list above), artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. In honor of the hopefully calmer upcoming year, let me present the rabbit in some various incarnations.

Tiffany bunny bank

Finn Diamond Rabbit Mask Necklace

Felix Doolittle Rabbit Cove Personalized Ex Libris Medallions

Sesame Letterpress Rabbit Coasters

Thornwillow engraved bunny cards

Raymond C.

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