Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wardrobe: soft and warm spring

Blazer – The Row, Cardigan – Chloe, BlouseChinti and Parker, Tee shirt – Witchery.com.au, Pants – Martin Grant, Skirt – Paul Smith, Hazel jeans – MiH, Scarf – Hermès 

Ashley in Switzerland, among many Anonymous requests, asked me for a wardrobe of warm hues.  I've been working on a general "spring" wardrobe for a while so I thought I'd share this one with you.  I hope you enjoy, and don't forget, if you have a specific wardrobe request, leave me a comment!  I'm particularly enjoying the requests based on specific paintings or scarves - maybe someone has a beautiful piece of pottery or china upon which I could design something?  It may take me a few weeks to fulfill your request, but I will definitely get to everybody!

Silk blouse - Chloe, Gold trench coat – Diane von Furstenberg, Duffle coat – Hermès, Olive shirtdress – Derek Lam, Olive Jeans - Gucci, Camel skirt – The Row, Rust sweater – Ray & Bone, Coral coat – Sonia by Sonia Rykiel

Coral silk dress – RochasCardigan – Lucien Pellat-Finet, Crepe blouse – See by Chloe, Tee shirt – Coldwater Creek, Melange sweater – The Row, Olive twill skirt – J. Crew, Blush khakis – Alice by Temperley, Embellished top – Miss Selfridge

Coral drop earrings – Georgian JewelryOlive oval earrings – 1928, Coral triangle earrings – Madewell, Brass & peridot brooch – 1928, Bangle bracelets – Accessories & Beyond, pearl station chain – Andara, Gold leaf necklace – Catherine Weitzman, Watch – Michael Kors, Muffler – Etro, Gloves – Yves Saint Laurent, Bag – VbH 
Boots – Chloe, Flat sandals – CO-OP Barneys, Camel pumps – Kate Spade, Olive suede oxfords – Marc Jacobs, Ballet flats – Repetto, Canvas slip-ons - Toms


  1. This wardrobe is breathtaking! Thank you for putting so much thought into this collection. I have already placed a few of the pieces on my shopping list! You gave me a lot to think about in terms of color harmony and using lighter, more buttery leathers in my accessories. Wonderful!
    Ashley in Switzerland

  2. Good morning,
    I read your blog first thing each day and am endlessly entranced at your creativity. Even though you are working you are still producing more fabulous wardrobes. I agree with others that this is a very special talent and somehow will work into a career or book or something.
    A Canadian.

  3. I had requested a summer palette wardrobe for a teacher earlier. Here is a painting I like: The Loing at Moret in Summer , Alfred Sisley. Maybe this will help narrow it down more.
    I would love to see you do a book!

  4. Thank you for sharing the concept of the French Chic core wardrobe. I have been working on building a capsule wardrobe over a number of months and have now defined by "core". It is also based on a warm spring colour palette. You can see it here http://myprovincialstyle.blogspot.com/2011/07/core-wardrobe.html

  5. I like the camel, olive and coral combination and wondering to myself if the coral is a good color for me or not. I think not, but I can still admire! Just lovely!

  6. Good afternoon,
    I am back with two requests.

    One, I am wondering if you would consider adding hats to your accessories compilations. I think they add so much to an outfit and they are coming back in fashion.

    Two, I would love to see what you come up with for a fall/winter season capsule for a casual retired but still elegant wardrobe using this painting by Gustav klimt as the inspiration.


    I sew a lot of my clothes and am finding your capsules very thought provoking.

    A Canadian

  7. HATS!!!! What fun - of course I'll start looking at hats. While they won't necessarily be something everybody will want to wear, they will certainly illuminate the image that I build in the wardrobe.

    And I love the painting - I've got you on the list of wardrobes under construction. Thanks so much for reading,

  8. I have a request that might satisfy a great need:

    Middle-aged. Short. And stout.

    The only real conclusion I've arrived at is this: When wearing a skirt, the fabric drapes over the stout parts (tummy) and then drops. When wearing pants, the fabric drapes over the tummy, then curves inward again. NOT flattering.

    So, short, stout, and wearing mainly skirts.


  9. Oh my! I think I have just been inspired to embrace my designated Spring Palette. I could have never imagined it could be this lovely.