Friday, September 28, 2007

Travel: Cool Stores

Longchamp's new SoHo store - La Maison Unique - is like Prada's Rem Koolhaas in woodtones (check out the video under "stores" to see the grand opening attended by every celebrity on the planet). The bags don't really inspire me, but they're sure turning up the marketing muscle with those Kate Moss ads. It's included in's list of the world's coolest stores. 132 Spring Street, NYNY.

Nicholas Brothers - 1932

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

To Do: Rudolf Beaufays

Given the photo evidence, Rudolf Beaufays, this second hand Englishman's store, would be a first stop if I were to ever venture to Frankfurt. Men's Vogue profiles it in the October (Ralph Lauren) issue on page 112. BTW, I love how they painted the shelves orange -- looks like a gigantic Hermes box.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Acquisitions: The Goyard Tote (Pre-Stripes/Monogram)

What a wonderful gift in exchange for some design work! It's absolutely gigantic in real life. Check back later to see it with brown and purple stripes with my "HHH" monogram.

Acquisitions: Vintage Italian Frames

Got these great old Italian frames at a thrift store last night for $20. Can't wait to see them on me with actual lenses!

Acquisitions: The Miss Havisham Chandelier

We found this great 12-light chandelier at the Angel Street Thrift Store on 17th Street For quite a steal – less than $300. But we got lazy and it’s been laying on our kitchen floor for the past year and a half. We needed things to look a bit put together for all our house guests this fall, so up it went last weekend – and what a difference it makes. Next step: adding electricity!

Acquisitions: The Prada Clutch

I went into Prada to try the new Infusion d'Iris perfume (I like the Amber more) and came out with this beauty. What an impulse buy! But it's just a work of art and makes me feel instantly glamorous the moment I touch it.

Creations: Deco Wedding Invitations

I've always loved how the lining of Paul Smith's relatively conservative jackets come with shockingly great linings. I think the same should apply to envelop liners. I designed and painted this deco-inspired wedding invitation for a coulple getting hitched in the South.

Hemingway Chic: Sloppy Joe's Bar

Grandpa Bill, a family friend, Aunt Virginia and my great grandmother in the '20s at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Proust/Wodehouse Chic: Vintage Collars

Bought a bunch of these old collars on Ebay in hopes of incorporating them into some outfit. Regardless, they look pretty great just strewn about. The most amazing detail is the small wooden "button" that holds the sides together.

Proust Chic: Proust Portrait

Black background, mustache, pasty skin, exotic weed-type boutonniere. Fabulous!

1930s Basque Country: Lacoste Spring 2008

Lacoste has finally made good on its legacy and evolved into something more than a great polo shirt. It's one of the loveliest Spring 2008 collections. As puts it:
For Spring, Christophe Lemaire dispensed with the gimmicks of recent seasons and, in the process, showed he does have what it takes to update a classic. Lacoste is fêting its 75th anniversary, and the creative director started his show off with a trip to the company's birthplace: 1930's Basque country. Working almost exclusively in white, with red and black trims, he kept things simple, fresh, and of course sporty. He sent out pleat-skirted tennis dresses; a long, gauzy, belted djellaba; and a sack skirt in terrycloth—accessorizing these looks with wide-brimmed straw hats and platform espadrilles.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Colonial/Preppy Chic: the White Suit

This look from Ralph Lauren's Spring 2008 collection reminds me a lot of something quite familiar...

Gothic Chic: Thistle Lace

My favorite wallpaper company, Timorous Beasties, has a new collection of lace fabrics. And I thought the wall paper was extraordinary!

Hemingway Chic: Socialista

505 West St (between Jane and Horatio)

Gothic Chic: De Vera

De Vera might be one of the prettiest stores in New York and was the former home to the best taxidermy arrangement I've seen -- a gigantic grizzly bear head...and its hand, emerging from the wall separately. It sits on the corner of Crosby and Howard Street, which, according to Opening Ceremony owner Humberto Leon, was the last street in Manhattan to get street lights because the Mob paid off ConEd so they'd have a place to drop bodies.

Variations on Mies: the Jonathan Lounge

I've always drooled over Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Couch, but it seemed to wide for any of my furniture arrangements. This version from Cielo Home seems to narrow things out a bit -- and, at $2,905, costs about 60% less than the $9,454 Mies original.

Gothic Chic: Blackman Cruz Bronze Skull Lamp

My favorite $2,200 lamp. It's easy to covet almost everything at this L.A. design emporium -- check out the Gentleman's Wingback Chair and the Equus Console. Blackman Cruz, 800 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310) 657-9228

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Back to School

Me, first day of second grade, 1987. When this photo ran along with a story on back-to-school fashion inThe Kansas City Star my mom was devastated (similar to how many parents feel when their kid brings home pot or flunks Algebra) to see any part of that little pink, pleated Ralph Lauren skirt covered by my backpack. We generally spent all of August (June and July) planning outfits for the new year, so her frustration was understandible. I believe those suspenders (brown with great leather accents) came off of a pair of lederhosen (which Porter and I did actually wear -- to school)...and the shoes were boys' Bass Weejuns (the menswear obsession started somewhere).

Fashion Week: The Lack of Difference a Year Makes

Granted we're only one day in to Spring Fashion week, but I'm struck at how much Spring 2008 reminds me...of Spring 2007. The fedora, the '20s headband, the long, flowing dresses (all of which I love) are back!!! This is quite refreshing for someone who still gets excited about buying a new black turtleneck. Check out my Lookbook of basically identical outfits from lots of different designers.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Equestrian Chic: Hermès Horse Belt

A trip to Paris without picking up a little orange-boxed souvenier must be a sin, but picking up anything to go in one of those orange boxes proves quite inhuman on a journalist's salary. My solution in 2002: the pets' section. This belt is actually for a horse (I assume as a belt of sorts to hold the saddle in place), but wrap it around twice and it makes a wonderful human accessory (and it cost less than a silk scarf). Reminds me a lot of this season's great Gucci belts.