Travel: Cool Stores

Friday, September 28, 2007 No comments
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.
To Do: Rudolf Beaufays

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 No comments

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.
En Garde!

Monday, September 24, 2007 No comments

Our favorite waif, Liz Sapienza, models the old fencing helmet that I got on ebay last year.
Acquisitions: The Miss Havisham Chandelier

Thursday, September 20, 2007 No comments

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

Thursday, September 20, 2007 2 comments
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

Thursday, September 20, 2007 2 comments

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.
Proust/Wodehouse Chic: Vintage Collars

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 No comments

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.
1930s Basque Country: Lacoste Spring 2008

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 No comments

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.
Gothic Chic: De Vera

Friday, September 14, 2007 No comments

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.
Gothic Chic: Blackman Cruz Bronze Skull Lamp

Friday, September 14, 2007 1 comment

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
Back to School

Thursday, September 06, 2007 No comments
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

Thursday, September 06, 2007 No comments

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.
Equestrian Chic: Hermès Horse Belt

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 No comments

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.