Get Fancy in Flowers, it’s a Floral Frenzy

Floral styles are out in full bloom. It’s time to dress feminine for summer in oversized flowers. Shop the Gucci and Net-A-Porter collaboration that just launched today, and Matches Fashion’s second exclusive capsule collection with Brit designer Emilia Wickstead, available in five floral styles. Wear flowers, either embroidered on your sneakers at McQueen, worn as a choker at Gucci, hanging from your ear at Oscar de la Renta and embellished on your jeans. It’s a floral frenzy!

Takashi Murakami: Bold Color, Stripes and Floral

A long, long time ago, far away in a distant land—my career began as a fashion designer. Designing collections and finding inspiration started from my early years living in London, researching ideas and concepts, sourcing fabrics, noting historical references, admiring artists, and architecture, and locating inspirational travel destinations—so not much different than my current-day thought process as an editor, just no sketching.

Takashi Murakami, Davy Jones' Tear, 2009

Takashi Murakami, Davy Jones’ Tear, 2009

So I’ve decided each week to edit styles that are currently available to shop, based on my weekly inspiration. Selfies are not my thing, so rest assured you will not find photos of me posing in my garden against a wall. Instead, I’ll edit from art I love, travel, and whatever takes my whimsical fancy.

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Matches Fashion x Altuzarra

I met fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra for the first time in New York at the Fashion Group International ‘Night of Stars’ gala two years ago, this week we met again over lunch with Matches Fashion founders Tom and Ruth Chapman.

Matches Fashion Lunch at Rosewood Mansion

Matches Fashion Lunch at Rosewood Mansion

Founded with boutiques in Richmond and Wimbledon, England, almost thirty years ago, the luxury retailer, with additional stores in Notting Hill, and Marleybone in London is now a serious online global retailer curating items from over 400 designers into a well-edited selection each season.

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The First Monday in May: Manus x Machina

Manus x Machina: Back in early 2014, I visited the Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan to view the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital,” which was an exhibition focused on computer-assisted design—3D-printing, a manufacturing method now used by fashion designers, artists and architects. The exhibition, curated by Ron Labaco included works by artist Anish Kapoor, the late architect Zaha Hadid and milliner Stephen Jones to name a few. After that, I visited the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion.’

Exhibition – Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital – aka 3D printing fashion?

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What intrigues me, then and now, is the connection of digital manufacturing in fashion and how it’s progressed from haute couture. In one day I viewed two separate exhibitions, the first clearly a modern-day marvel of technology, and the haute couture era of designer Charles James. The dichotomy is poetic.

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Stella McCartney is the Cats Meow

Tobias, Adaline, Sammi, Hechi and Perla are purrfect models and the stars of Stella McCartney’s lookbook for the Autumn 2016 collection. The cats were not personally invited to attend a private lunch in honour of Stella McCartney at Neiman Marcus NorthPark last week, but knowing cats they probably had better things to do.

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2016 look 13

Pre-Fall 2016

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Burry: Helmut Lang the Artist

Helmut Lang: I’m not talking about the fashion brand that you find racked at Neiman Marcus, the eponymous designer departed his namesake label back in 2005 after selling it to the Prada Group, I’m talking about Helmut Lang the artist. Fast forward 10+ years since selling his business Mr Lang has quietly, and patiently been creating sculptures in his East Hampton studio, and in February, I had the opportunity to meet with Mr Lang at his home and tour his studio.

Helmut Lang art exhibition 2015

“Helmut Lang” exhibition 2015

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Falling for Ready-to-Wear Autumn Winter 2016

New York, London, Milan, Paris: I haven’t attended New York fashion week in a couple of years now. But that’s ok, since the entire experience of schlepping between the shows and waiting, and waiting, can be quite cumbersome and less than glamorous, but, of course, the real-life experience of the 20-minute runway show does make up for the wait. However, these days it’s much easier to flick through every ready-to-wear runway shot of Autumn Winter 2016 on my iPad at the speed of lightening and edit directly to Pinterest. At the end of a month-long clicking frenzy, a multi-city fashion story is revealed.

Chloe Fall 2016

Chloe

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Beach Hopping in St. Barth

Eleven years later I finally return to the très chic French island of Saint-Barthélemy—St. Barth. The first trip, a sailing celebration for New Year’s Eve introduced me to the fact that I was not destined to become a worldly sailor. In 2004, my husband and I sailed from St. Martin to St. Barth in 10ft swells (I gripped any protruding handle that I could find on the 55ft sloop and held on dearly at a 45-degree angle), and I arrived at Gustavia dock a perfect shade of green, our captain, however, looked like a happy present-day pirate. I decided that the next trip to St. Barth I would keep my feet firmly on the ground. So this January started with a winter getaway to the Caribbean sans a sailing yacht.

View from our WinAir plane arriving at St Barth

View from our WinAir plane arriving at St Barth.

The fifteen-minute flight from St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport to St Barth, via Windward Island Airways, (WinAir) provides an exhilarating landing, not for the faint-hearted. Once I recovered from the Twin Otter’s dramatic descent, I remembered that the less than 10-mile square island is super-small, and small cars make the best transportation—the Mini Cooper convertible we rented was a perfect island shade of pale blue.

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