Friday, September 28, 2012

May your weekend be filled with thoughts of Charlotte Rampling

Usually on Fridays I post something about life here on the farm in England, but the next post I want to write on that subject requires a bit more time, and I am just back from London. SO - I will do that post on Monday, and today I will leave you with three photos of Charlotte Rampling that demonstrate that she is quite possibly the most beautiful woman that ever lived.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My favorite new discovery....

Do you all know about Toast? It's an English brand that has stores, a catalogue, and a great website. Their main focus seems to be clothes, but I am most interested in the home stuff. I discovered it in a magazine while still living in New York, and I was delighted to realize that they ship the States. At the time I was at the end of redecorating my home, and Toast provided all the perfect finishing touches - sheepskins, towels, cashmere blankets, juice glasses and linen sheets. It has also been a godsend to me since I arrived in England. Our cottage here has been decorated the same way for 20 years and is completely timeless. But Toast has helped me freshen up and re-stock. The quality is great and the prices are reasonable. What more could you want?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Snapshot: Babe Paley and Truman Capote

Can you believe this photo? I can't think of anything more chic than Babe Paley's simple overcoat (let's just imagine - for ecstasy's sake - it's double face cashmere like those incredible ones Raf Simons showed in his final Jil Sander collection) with her matching white Gucci bamboo-handled bag and horse bit loafers. I wouldn't turn down Truman Capote as an accessory either.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ines and Chanel in the 80's

Ines de la Fressange was the face of Chanel for most of the 80's. She was featured in countless ads, and she escorted Karl Lagerfeld down the runway for his finale bow in most shows that she walked in. My favorite images of Ines from this time are of the black and white outfits. While they are classic Chanel and reinforce the iconic signatures - chain link, quilting, camellias, black and white, cardigans - that have been relevant for so many decades, they are anything but boring.

p.s. Don't miss the 80's cellphone with the boyfriend carrying the antenna/battery pack!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Printed Matter: "Liberi Tutti," Fiorucci Edition

I have chasing been down "Fiorucci: The Book" for many years, but have yet to find a copy under $500, which in my mind is too price-y to pay for a vintage book. But recently I found the next best thing - a copy of an Italian magazine/book called Liberi Tutti entirely devoted to Fiorucci. All the classic Fiorucci imagery is in there, plus many more drawings, illustrations and photos of clothes, ad campaigns and logos I'd never seen before.

My love of Fiorucci goes back to my early teen years when their store on 59th Street (just around the corner from Bloomingdale's) was by far the coolest place you could go shopping. At that age I wasn't allowed to wear any of the clothes, but I would spend my entire allowance on the stickers, the closet I could come to having a bit of Fiorucci in my life. They all ended up on my summer camp trunk that eventually disappeared over the years. God, I wish I still had it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Life in England: Have I become a flower child?

So far the thing I love most about England is how easy it is to clear my head when I need a break. Sure I get caught up in my emailing, or distracted by my kids, or overwhelmed by the prospect of starting from scratch on a new book just like I would in my life in New York. But here it is so easy to clear the decks and start again by walking the dog, going out on a ride, or collecting the chicken eggs. My favorite way, however, is to arrange flowers from our garden. I always get a twinge of anxiety when I start because its never obvious which flowers I am going to pick or how I am going to arrange them. Often one variety is in bloom, but there is not enough to make a whole bouquet with. So I have to figure something else that will look pretty with it. This is a challenge for me. For many years I have been a flower minimalist - I like a handful of all the same flower tightly and tidily arranged in a neat little uptight city-girl bouquet. But the country has made me relax. A little. My arrangements are looser and I have learned to mix and match when necessary. I have also come to like the uneasiness I feel as I figure out what I am going to do. I realize that subtle tension is a natural by-product of creativity. It makes the process more engaging and ultimately more satisfying.

At the end of the post you'll see evidence of a late night flower arranging session. This was the evening before Todd Selby came to photograph our house and I was running around like a crazy person all day getting the house in order. I instinctively knew to save the flowers til last - it would restore my sanity in time for Todd's arrival the next morning. And it did.