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Green shirt – J. Crew, Cherry red cardigan – Miu Miu, White tee shirt – Vince, Navy, cream & gray striped top – Narciso Rodriguez, Square scarves – Hermès, Navy multi scarf - Missoni
Now, I'm assuming with some confidence that you've already realized that if you owned the two eight-piece wardrobes from the last 2 days, you would find that there were dozens of ways that just those 16 pieces could be combined, a la the Winter White and Camel from a couple of weeks ago.So these four pieces are a bonus - these would bring your wardrobe up to the 20 piece "French Chic" wardrobe (minus the 3 pieces of outerwear). The possibilities multiply geometrically when you put these four pieces in the mix! ... View the Post
Jacket – DKNY , Cardigan – The Row, Long-sleeved shirt – Chinti and Parker, Tee shirt – DKNY, Dress – L’Agence, Sweater – Pringle of Scotland, Pants – Michael Kors, Skirt – Lanvin
1. Pumps – Miu Miu, Scarf – Hermès, bag – Sissi Rossi 2. Brogues – Robert Clergerie, necklace – Francoise Iberl, square stud earrings - Meadowlard 3. Pumps – Jimmy Choo, scarf – Liberty of London, flower brooch – Judith Jack 4. Flats – Giuseppe Zanotti, ring – Alexis Bittar, bracelet – Alexis Bittar
5. Flats – Stuart Weitzman, scarf – Hermès, bag – Dolce & Gabbana 6. Flats – G by GUESS, Labradorite earrings – Monica Vinader, necklace – Citrine by the ... View the Post
Jacket – Elizabeth and James, Cardigan – Miu Miu, Gray silk tee – Decolette, Blue tee – Kain Label,
Skirt – Donna Karan, Gray Pants – Chloe, Gray corduroy jeans - Gucci, Scarf – Hermès
Rose blouse - Carven, Pink satin trench – Nina Ricci, Blue mohair coat – Diane von Furstenberg, dress – Roland Mouret, Skirt – see by Chloe, Plaid pants – A.L.C., Blue sweater – Rag & Bone, Peacoat – Maison Martin Margiela
Lavender cardigan – Lucien Pellat-Finet, Striped tee – Saint James, Light blue top – Dolce & Gabbana, Dress – Coldwater Creek, pants – Chloe, Navy pants – Paul & Joe, Gray sweater – ... View the Post
Blazer – DKNY, Cardigan – Etro, Silk blouse – Paul & Joe, Silver short-sleeed top – Jason Wu, Pin-striped pants – Moschinol Skirt – Lanvin, Jeans – J. Brand. Scarf - Hermès A very appreciated reader in the UK asked for "My colouring is "Summer"; style "Full Classic"; bodyline "Straight". A little more info on colour - My 100% Neutral is Dark Blue Grey; 100% Basics - Deep Sea Green, and Plum, and I suit the deep and smokey colours of my palette." This is what I chose for her...
Blouse – Dolce & Gabbana , Trench Coat – Alberta Feretti, Charcoal coat – Jaeger. Dress – Rick Owens,
Pants – Etro, , Skirt – Max Mara Studio, Sweater ... View the Post
Gray blazer – Chloé, Striped cardigan – Aubin & Wills, Pink sweater – Ralph Lauren, Henley top – Dolce & Gabbana, Black sleeveless dress – The Row, Gray crewneck – The Row, Black & gray tweedy crewneck – The Row, Cream long-sleeved tee – The Row, Tweedy skirt – Markus Lupfer, Gray flannel skirt – Vionnet, Gray pants – Donna Karan, Black lace-trimmed tee shirt – Jason Wu, Black blazer – The Row, Black pants - Gucci
Square scarves - Hermes, Sequined muffler – John Lewis, Bracelet – Blu Bijoux, Black and silver balls necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane, Silver hammered disc earrings – Dorothy ... View the Post
So far, all of the wardrobes I've built have been posted under the heading French Chic, and I'm frankly becoming a bit uncomfortable with that. We've wandered quite a distance from what the original guidelines of Susan Sommers' iconic book, and I'm not sure that I should continue to exploit the title which is so indelibly hers.
Thus, I'm just going to call them wardrobes. And with that decision, I thought I should share with you the mantra I use for the building of these little gems.
First: Carefully Curated. Each garment has to make the cut. I've heard some fairly harsh criticism recently that "good enough" is really okay for one's wardrobe, and I have to disagree. Yes, in some circumstances we do have ... View the Post
Someone brilliantly requested that I build them a wardrobe based on the colors of the abalone shell. With the inspiration I got from looking at abaloneshelljewelry.com, I built the following:
Blazer – Chloe (similar here), Cardigan – Miu Miu (similar here), Blouse – L. K. Bennett (similar here), Tee Shirt – J. Crew, Pants – Chloe (similar here), Skirt – Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood, (similar color here)
Jeans – Rag and Bone, (similar here) Scarf - Hermès
blouse – L’Agence (similar here), Trench coat – Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Winter coat – Calvin Klein
Collection, Dress – Chloe, Pants– Current/Elliott, Skirt ... View the Post
One of my dear friends asked how I would accessorize the French Chic wardrobe. While this is far from definitive, I think it's an interesting start.
I learn more and more every day as I build these vignettes for our shared pleasure: you should be ABSOLUTELY FANATICALLY DEMANDING when you purchase anything. There is a world of merchandise out there, and the perfect item exists, if you have the patience and the focus to find it. Settle for NOTHING LESS THAN PERFECTION. You deserve it. And if you fully intend to own many of your accessories for the rest of your life, you can easily justify buying the very best item being made today - support geniuses and craftspersons, and beautify the ... View the Post
So as lovely as the garments above are, this is certainly not going to be enough clothing to even get you through a week. Most of us would want at least five separate tops and bottoms (or a dress) to get through the week. Even if you wear black pants repeated each week, it's nice to have more than one pair.
Thus, I decided to take it upon myself to determine what additional garments Vivienne would want in order to consider this a complete wardrobe. Realistically, I think most of us would do this exercise twice - once for cooler weather, and once for the sweltering misery that passes for summer on much of our planet. But for starters, let's just round out this core wardrobe with a few of the ... View the Post
One of the things about the book French Chic (Susan Sommers) which intrigued me was the list of garments which included "The seven essentials no well-dressed Frenchwoman would be without". That list included:
A black straight skirt a V-neck or cardigan sweater a suit a pair of jeans a silk shirt a couple of white tee-shirts an Hermes scarf
The idea of a list of essential clothing fascinates me; in a world that tries to compel me to over-consume, that finite-ness of a list like this, in which I could have some discipline and some structure, seems heaven-sent. Knowing that I was going to buy a fixed number of garments would give me the freedom to determine how much I wanted to spend, in what areas I ... View the Post
This is from a posting on a discussion group in which I listed the entirety of Vivienne's work wardrobe. She tells me that it has changed very little in the intervening years... Note that I've assigned "days of the week" to these little vignettes, but I don't think that necessarily corresponds to how and when Vivienne actually wears these.
Here's the inventory... (1) Charcoal gray flannel pants, gray and black striped sweater (1b) red and gray twinset
(2) Black short knit skirt, black merino twinset (2b) black and white striped turtleneck longer (tunic length?) sweater
(3) Black pants and blazer, black and white paisley blouse (3b) ... View the Post