Old Friends

I was searching for cool images this am and came across this little
gem...was a delight to find it as I had a postcard of it hanging in my room
when I was a teenager. I was image obsessed then and I still am now...was
like finding a little treasure from my past that is still so pretty today.
My room as a high school kid was filled from floor to ceiling with all kinds
of things I was digging- old photos of James Dean, black and white fashion
shots, a Man Ray poster. Seeing an image that I was digging on in the past
put a smile on my face this am. Guess we really don't change that much after

On Isaac Pond

Yes it's Fashion week in New York and I have not stopped yammering about it.
Next week it won't be so I won't be as cuckoo for la mode...but for the
moment, I'm all about it.

I happened upon the live Isaac Mizrahi show online yesterday and watched it
in all its glory. I have a long history with Isaac- feel like we grew up
together in a way, even though we have never met. Have always admired his
wit, color sense, and genuine love for women. "Unzipped" remains one of my
favorite fashion flicks of all time...I felt sad for him when his business
went under but it's super lovely to have him back.

Amid a background of live jazz, one model after the next came out in
absolutely glorious clothes. The theme of the show was camping, or as the
show notes said: "Think Geoffrey L.L. Bean, or even Buffalo Bill Blass."
(style.com) Having been recently asked to go on a camping trip, I think I
prefer Isaac's take over the fleecy or plaid alternative. There is something
chic, albeit hilarious, about camping in a sequin gown with a fur hood.

Isaac is a master of color like none other- grays and
greens and browns married together in a Sherwood Forest confection. He also
included some elements of the outdoors in with glittery or furry backpacks,
camo vests redone, and furry hoods. The hair was subtly unkempt and the
makeup was barely there. The clothes were the real story.

Gorgeous look after gorgeous look came in a mix of reds, oranges, greens,
browns, and the ubiquitous black and silver. Though the collection felt
someone disjointed in that there was not an overarching theme to the clothes
themselves, it dawned on me that there was something for all of us here. The
long sequin tank dress was the ultimate for me- to be able to slip something
on over your head like that and be instantly amazing is simply beyond
compare. I live for that just threw it on kind of thing...there is
absolutely nothing more glamorous.

As it began to snow on the runway, the show ended and all the girls came out
for a final look. There were simply loads and loads of looks and it was
striking to see them all at once- I got the sense that Isaac was very much
telling us he was thinking of us all when he designed this collection-
albeit colorful, witty, ornamental, woodsy, sporty, and everything in
between. He is a designer that understands women and a true hero of American
sportswear at his best. Makes me feel very patriotic indeed...this is truly
a collection for women who love clothes with a little wink. Camping of
course is a back to basics way to get in touch with nature- a backlash to
our endless array of texting, tweeting, and app'ing. Isaac is asking us to
just be chic as we do it- so who am I to disagree? XO



Dearest Lord in Heaven

I have been a good girl so far this year. I have eaten many green
vegetables, gotten my exercise, helped the needy, and remembered to say
please and thank you to the lady at Starbucks who froths my latte each day.
If you could find it within your holy heart to bestow these shoes upon me I
promise to continue my quest for a virtuous life. I will just be better
attired. And that goes a long way.

Love and light,


Family Matters

Finally got around to the March Bazaar this weekend. (Curiously my March
Vogue has yet to arrive- should I be worried?) Paging through the latest ads
and newest trends for spring, the new Missoni campaign caught my eye. Shot
by Juergen Teller, we get a glimpse into the Missoni family and their
eclectic zig zag world. It's scads of pages of maison Missoni- look there's
Octavio aka "Grandpa" Missoni ready to pour some wine and regale us with
stories of Sardinian holidays past. And there's the ever chic Margherita
pouting and posing in her hippie chic glory. Most intriguing is that the
décor of their home is not unlike a Boca Raton bubby's- loads of tschotskes
everywhere and a bit over the top. I have always admired the Missoni family
and heart how these ads are not really about the clothes, but more about the
people who wear them, and the tradition behind the brand.

It's cool for a designer to shy away from using the big models in the spring
books. I'd rather have dinner with the Missonis any day. Bravo Channel- are
you reading this? Perhaps this is your next reality hit...

Imagine that...clothes we can actually wear.

I did not say afford, I said wear...

Talking specifically about Marc Jacobs' collection for the Fall 2010 Ready
to Wear...I have always liked Marc's clothes but of late they have been a
bit too fussy for me...I am not one for retro, gimmicky, or overwrought.
Though I will admit these clothes are not inspiring or revolutionary, but
they do have that "gotta have it" thing. I would wear any of these pieces to
death- they are pieces that actually could go right from runway to closet-
though that one skirt length is a bit awkward (mid calf and full- oy). Yes
the palette is somber but the silhouettes are really cool. I am one of the
poor souls that will have to wait for the "repurposed" pieces to make their
way to stores like Club Monaco and Zara- one wonders if Marc took the easy
way out with appealing basics or he's just looking for a way to give us
girls some "real" clothes and comfort for the fall? In times like these,
it's nice to be able to rely on a wardrobe full of wearable clothes.

Some album covers of influence

I read about the passing of Doug Feiger, the lead singer of The Knack. I
always used to wonder about how as I got older, people from my youth would
start passing, and how weird that would be- MJ was indeed the strangest one,
but this one made me think about how certain artists and their style left an
indelible mark on my own style and taste in music going forward.

I used to stare at the Knack's album cover and thought it was so cool- the
font, the black and white photo of some dudes looking like they were having
the time of their lives. There were a few others I used to look at and love
from a style perspective- they were 77 by the Talking Heads (listened to
that one over and over), Outlandos D'Amour by the Police, and the first Cars
album. I loved their style then and I love it now. I guess I had a thing for
type even back then but these covers still look pretty rad to me... Besides
the cool type treatments these were four albums that changed music for me
and I'm sure many others too...what were yours?

Yes, please

After a tough week, its hard not to think about going to your happy place.
Everyone's is different, I suppose. Mine is most definitely Jamaica. And a
little spot called Jake's in particular.

Jake's has a particular brand of rustic chic that appeals to my gypsetter
spirit. There is absolutely diddly to do there and that suits me fine. The
hotel was founded by the wife of Perry Henzell, who directed "The Harder
They Come". As cool as that movie is is how cool Jake's is. If you are
looking for evian spritzing waiters and wearing a jacket to dinner, this is
not your jam. If you are looking to conquer a very long novel, stare at the
ocean, listen to roots, wear a sarong to dinner, and drink a red stripe in a
sort of post Gaudi/Moorish influenced environ, well then go man/woman go.
It's a special treasure of a place that is neither fancy nor posh but super
stylish in its own way and a pure slice of heaven. Did I mention they have a
spa too? I WANT TO GO THERE NOW. No matter- I am there in my mind.