Photography by Janet Rogers
I miss What Not To Wear. During the 10 years it appeared on American television, from 2003-2013, it was easily my favorite show to watch and, yet, the hardest for me to watch. While Stacy London and Clinton Kelly were giving women makeovers, I was struggling with the world of frumpy and in a deep funk as I turned 50. Most weeks I could’ve been the woman undergoing the torment and shopping hell on the show. It only took a few episodes for me to understand the wisdom of what they were saying…
What Not To Wear wasn’t about clothes. It was about confidence and the power and strength confidence can yield.
All images in this post are courtesy of the Special Collections and College Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Meet one of my favorite artists, George Barbier (1882-1932), one of the master illustrators of the Art Moderne and Art Deco eras. Barbier was a preeminent figure of the period who shaped the visual landscape of the Teens and 20’s. A prolific artist, his work ranged from the graphic arts, set, costume and jewelry design, to book and fashion illustration.
Barbier honed his signature style during a revolutionary time in fashion illustration when artistic license was championed over the realistic—and traditional—depiction of clothing.
Me in my High School prom dress. The dress was fine... but the hair!
For most of my adult life I’ve either been a business suit kind of girl—tailored and simple, yet straight out of Vogue. I wanted to be Lauren Hutton in the 70s—or I’ve lived in blue jeans and heels. As I’ve gotten older, my fashion sense about hair, makeup and shoes has changed. Continue Reading
“By giving to others you learn a lot about yourself."
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, NEIMAN MARCUS SAN ANTONIO
Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar is never trendy. Instead she is a study in chic without trying, understanding just the right length for a pair of wide-legged, cropped pants to mix with a classic silk blouse. Xitlalt (Sic-lali) is one of the most stylish women you will ever meet, and it’s not because she’s Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus. Style is in her DNA. Like her mother and her grandmother, Xitlalt is more than beautiful and well-dressed. She has a caring heart and a genuine compassion and sincerity that’s been passed down from both sides of her family.
“Giving back and treating people with kindness and respect is very important to me.” Continue Reading
I’m unpacking after a short break in the countryside. Pulling a pair of jeans out of my bag, I feel a sense of relief that the weather was warm enough for me to wear dresses all weekend. I suddenly wonder, “Why do I persist in wearing jeans if they don’t make me feel great?” I start thinking about what else I’ve been wearing that doesn’t make me feel the way I want to feel. Whilst some may think that in the big scheme of things, what we wear shouldn’t matter, I believe the way our clothes make us feel matters enormously.
What is it about an all white look I love so much? It’s simple and chic. It’s effortless and fresh. It just feels like summer, doesn’t it? And everyone looks good in white.
It has a way of lighting up your face and making your skin glow.
Today you can wear white all year long, but it’s surprising how many people still don’t before Memorial Day. This idea started back in the 1930’s when the “well-to-do” would only wear white in the summertime. Back then, white clothing symbolized a life of leisure. Now this rule is out the window! After my daughter read this post, she said, “What? I never knew there was a style rule about not wearing white before Memorial day?”
Hope everyone’s having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! I just returned from New York City where it seemed as though every third woman oohed and aahed over my Julie Vos stacked bracelets, including the woman at the hotel checkin desk who went “gaga;” the woman at the next dinner table who wouldn’t let go of my arm; a fellow shopper at Barney’s and a friend I met for lunch.
By the way, Julie Vos is having a Memorial Day Sale this weekend!
Lauren Ezersky photographed for 1010ParkPlace by Noel Sutherland, styled by Mark Grischke
This week I caught up with glamorous gal about NYC, Lauren Ezersky. Lauren’s in L’Oréal’s new classic Voluminous Mascara campaign on television, print and online. She appears with Diane Keaton, Deborah Harry, Julianne Moore, models Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, transgender model, Hari Nef and a host of other cool ladies. Once again, L’Oréal hit a home run by featuring “fresh, creative, confident women who are iconic in their own right.”
In a press release L’Oréal said, “We are excited to bring together trailblazing individuals in celebration of the mascara women have loved for over 25 years… we want to encourage everyone to embrace their originality, take chances and make a statement.”
I know the moment the love affair began. I was in a small vintage store in New York City, surrounded by piles of clothes and shelves of shoes, and amidst it all, I spotted the perfect faux leopard coat (above and below photo). It was so unique. It had a brown faux fur lapel, fell at the sweet spot right above my knees, and it fit me perfectly. And those beautiful spots… Continue Reading
Years ago I won a writing contest sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The prize was a Cartier Tank watch, and when it arrived in the mail, I was so disappointed, I called Saks and asked if I could return it. They graciously cut me a check instead, which I spent on an aluminum Grumman canoe.
I’m just not a jewelry person. I don’t wear much myself, and most of what I wear is costume. Fine jewelry is just too … fine. In other words, I think it’s boring and predictable. It doesn’t interest me the way that shoes and artwork and chairs do.
Even vintage jewelry doesn’t really float my boat. I am prejudiced against the patina of time that coats estate jewelry, especially timepieces.
But then last week, lightening struck. I saw this watch (left): a Cartier Tank watch that has been “repurposed.” Now that is not boring. And it is too fun to be intimidating. Oh my, I got goosebumps!
The company is LaCalifornienne, the perfect name for two L.A. based designers who perform some Hollywood-style plastic surgery on stuffy old timepieces. Founded by Leszek Garwacki and Courtney Ormond, the pair search out vintage Cartier Tanks and Rolex Oysters and take them apart. The watches get a freshly painted face, new markers, and a rainbow leather band.
This is no restoration. This is reinvention. This is a Jennifer Aniston nose job. A traditional Cartier Tank watch that no one would be ashamed of is now ready for a life in Malibu without Brad Pitt.
For my part, the new version makes me smile in a way the original version never could. I’d definitely wear this watch while paddling my Grumman canoe.