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Fall 2017 Fashion Trend Review

Another summer has come and is slowly going. Despite the sunny and warm days of early fall in New York, when summer clothing could work, the reality is that most of us are looking to see what catches our eye for Fall 2017 Fashion. For me this means no more linen or light cottons, no more brights or pastels, no more sandals.  I’m now thinking of wool, cashmere, leather and suede in rich colors.

In that frame of mind, I set out to see what designers have in store for us.  To be perfectly frank, walking around Saks, Bergdorfs and Bloomingdale’s, my go to department stores, proved to be quite an overwhelming and exhausting experience. First, there are just so many choices, and so many new designers. It’s no longer just Ralph, Calvin and Oscar, to name a few of the obvious ones.  Everywhere I turned there seemed to be a brand I had never heard of…. ever! And as usual, there was the beautiful, the unattainable, the bad and the ugly.

Since I don’t work in the fashion business, I have the luxury of looking at clothing in a more practical way, i.e. “would I actually wear this garment and does it flatter me?” Instead of, “does this garment make a statement?” Below are pieces from the this fall’s top trends that caught my eye, and that I would love to wear ….somewhere, sometime!





Calvin Klein

Mary Katrnatzou



Bottega Veneta


Prabal Gurung


Jonathan Simkhai


Jason Wu


Max Mara




                                                       Ryan Roche



Ryan Roche


Neil Barrett


Prabal Gurung


Max Mara



Jonathan Simkhai


Jonathan Simkhai



Albert Ferretti


Ryan Roche




Prabal Gurung





Prabal Gurung


Sonia Rykiel


Gabriella Hearst



Ryan Roche


Tom Ford


Max Mara


Black Leather


Bottega Veneta







Stella McCartney










Stella McCartney


Ralph Lauren



Fair Isle






It never hurts to dream!









Fall 2016 Shoe Trends

And last but not least, let’s talk about shoe trends for Fall 2016.  As usual, designers made something for everyone – from variations on the classic pump to chunky meanswear. And, as always, some more wearable than others.

Embellished and Velvet

Fall 2016 Shoes Embellished D&G

Dolce & Gabbana

Fall 2016 Shoes Embellised Ferragamo



Patent Leather







Fall 2016 Shoes Menswear Narcisco

Narciso Rodriquez

Fall 2016 Shoes Menswear Derek Lam

Derek Lam


Fall 2016 Shoes Pumpt Saint Laurent

Miu Miu

Fall 2016 Shoes Pump Jason Wu

Jason Wu





Over the Knee Boots

Fall 2016 Boot over knee Balmain


Fall 2016 Boots over knee Derek Lam

Derek Lamb



Take a look in your closet and see if a previously forgotten shoe or boot can enjoy the limelight this fall.

Fall 2016 Bag Trends

Now that we have a better sense of what to expect in clothing and jewelry trends for this fall, lets look at what’s in store in bags; one of my favorite accessories, by the way!

I was very pleased with the bag trends; all pretty classic and wearable – I would not mind owning one of each!

Short Handles

Fall 2016 Acc Short Handle Bag NIna Ridci

Louis Vuitton

Fall 2016 Acc Short Handles Bottega

Bottega Venetta

Fall 2016 Bags Cross Body Fendi



Fall 2016 Bags Shopper S. McCartney

Stella McCartney

Fall 2016 Bags Shopper Phillip Lim

Philip Lim

Fall 2016 Bag Shopper Narciso

Narciso Rodriguez

Cross Body

Fall 2016 Bags Crossbody Celine


Fall 2016 Bags Crossbody Burberry


Fall 2016 Bags Cross Body Prada


Fall 2016 Bags Cross body Givenchy



Fall 2016 Bags Chain Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Fall 2016 Bags Chain Lowe



Fall 2016 Acces Bags knot Armani


Fall 2016 Acc Knot Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Fall 2016 Acc Knot Bag Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren


I actually have a lovely velvet knot bag made of gorgeous Fortuny velvet that I purchased in Venice 11 years ago and have barely used.  I think it’s time to take it out for a stroll!


A reunion with Marin Hopper at Hayward House

Recently I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Marin Hopper with whom I worked at Vogue many moons ago. Back then we were both starting our careers and working at Vogue was a fashion lover’s dream job. It was at Vogue where we worked with the crème de la crème of editors, stylists and photographers; we were learning from the very best talent in the industry.  Catching up with Marin felt like no time had passed; she is still the kind, funny, self-depricating and down-to earth person that I fondly remember.  In the world of fashion this is rare and most refreshing!


Marin Hopper

After Vogue Marin worked at Mirabella and at Elle where she was the fashion director. Later, as a consultant to several brands including Diego de la Valle, she saw that when launching a brand everyone is looking to tell a story; and that as the daughter of actor-photographer Dennis Hopper and actress-author Brooke Hayward, and grand-daughter of Leland Hayward, the Hollywood and Broadway agent and producer, her own life was glamorous, real and very much worth talking about.

As she looked through her grandfather’s archives, filled with correspondence with famous movie stars like Ernest Hemingway and pictures of family travels to exotic places, she knew she had the perfect elements to launch a line of handbags which she named Hayward. 


Hayward House, the beautiful setting for her salon of treasures

I caught up with Marin and her husband, film producer and Hayward co-founder John Goldstone at Hayward Housetheir salon-like store located in the 1906 town house of architect Grosvenor Atterbury. With its floor-to-ceiling hand-carved woodwork, hand-painted gold-stiched ceilings and gilded fireplaces, the setting perfectly showcases her expanded line of American made handbags, as well as men’s and women’s accessories, books, photographs by her father Dennis Hopper, and collaborations with artists and brands. The bag collection will begin selling at Bergdorf Goodman this fall.

Hayward house

Window seating at Hayward House


The men’s section is filled with Dennis Hopper’s photography, art books and collaborations with artists


Bronze objects by Viennese artist Carl Aubock a close friend of Dennis Hopper

Hayward bag collection 


Her signature bag, the H Crossbody. The ‘H’ of the logo came from her grandfather’s watch fob links which spelled his name

Mini maggie demin with python

Mini Maggie (named after her grandmother, actress, Margaret Sullivan)


The Hobo in python and suede


The Slim (named after her step grand-mother, socialite and fashion icon, Slim Keith)


The Shopper made from Fortuny fabric


A clutch made with Fortuny fabric and the H signature logo


Jewelry by Burkindy which means integrity 


Diana Vreeland’s perfumes


A Murano glass chandelier


A taxidermied peacock in flight

As I walked around admiring the beautiful items, perfectly displayed in this landmark building rich in American history, I remembered Marin’s words when explaining her vision for her brand:

“With Hayward, I am building the first American luxury fashion brand that draws on generations of Hollywood history and glamour. My vision is to share this quintessential, evocative, sometimes surprising, often unconventional — but always dazzling — American experience with the world.

Perfectly said and beautifully captured at Hayward House

Hayward House
131 East 70th Street
New York, NY
(212) 585-1712

Kitty Clay’s Southampton Gem


Kitty Clay, Southampton

When I come out Southampton for the summer I check in with my friend Kitty Clay whose stylish store is filled with beautiful items from her world travels. Situated in a charming house, off Main Street and down a red brick path, the setting alone is beautiful. And when you walk in, you will see beauty and style everywhere.



The airy space is filled with treasures from her world travels


The chair will most definitely transport you to the Far East!


The prettiest hand painted glasses and linen napkins


Linens and Things


Pottery, essential oils and key holders


Beautiful accessories everywhere


Tea room


I am in love with this graphite pencils in a variety of whimsical shapes.

To find out more about Kitty Clay, read my original post here 

Happy Shopping!

Kitty Clay
27 West Main Street
Southampton, NY
Tel: 631 488-4411
Open Daily: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Aerin Southampton: for the perfect gift or indulgence

In 2013 Aerin Lauder opened Aerin, a pop-up store in Southampton to showcase her favorite things: from accessories, to beauty products and home decor. Lucky for us, the store has been back every summer since.  And if you’re looking for gift ideas for a friend or for yourself (inevitable here) a visit is in order.


Escape at Aerin, 83 Main Street, Southampton


A beautifully curated store that will entice you


Impeccable taste everywhere you look


Shoes,  decor, beauty products and accessories 






Lovely tunics, espadrilles and beach bags


The gorgeous shagreen boxes and picture frames come in a variety of pale colors.


Perfumes and Body Creams in a variety of scents. I love the Mediterranean Honeysuckle


You will not leave empty handed!

83 Main Street

Sidney Garber Fine Jewelry


Ashely Olsen wearing her favorite jewelry designer, Sidney Garber

Recently I was reading the Wall Street Journal and, due to the less than exciting article I was reading, my eyes wandered to an ad for beautiful pair of earrings.  The brand was listed as Sidney Garber Fine Jewelry, which, I must admit, I had never heard of.  So I did a little investigating and have decided that they are the perfect candidate for my “When Money is no Object” column.

My timing is couldn’t be better as Sidney Garber just opened its New York boutique at 998 Madison Avenue (at 77th Street). I also learned that it is the favorite jewelry designer of the Olsen twins.

The brand was founded in Chicago by Sidney Garber, the son of a watchmaker, who launched his own jewelry store in 1945. Garber, who worked with unique artisans abroad to create the jewelry he sold exclusively, was known for his extraordinary eye. He instilled in his daughter Brooke that same love of design, detail, and fine execution as she traveled with him to the great ateliers in Milan and Paris. He remained deeply involved in the business until well into his late 80s.

In 2008 his daughter, Brooke, inherited Sidney Garber Fine Jewelry and today continues his tradition. She gives all her profits to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to children’s mental health and wellness, to education, and to the arts.

The pieces are off the charts expensive but simply gorgeous and timeless.



Sidney Garber, 18kt white gold and diamond feather earrings with aquamarine drops. $35,000.00

18kt white gold and diamond feather earrings

Sidney Garber Gold doed cuff 9,100

Gold cuffs

Sidney Garber white gold and diamond rope, $39,000

White gold and diamond bracelet

Sidney Garber, 18kt white and yellow gold earrings with ruby beads and diamonds $180,000.00

White and gold diamond earrings with ruby beads and diamonds

Sidney Gaber, itanium feather earrings with pave diamonds. $37,700.00

Titanium feather earrings with pave diamonds

Sidney Garber, 18kt white gold bib necklace with South Sea pearls, multicolored sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. $150,000.00

18kt white gold bib necklace with South Sea pearls, multicolored sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds.

Sidney Garber, 18kt white gold drop earrings with chalcedony and pave sapphire snake motif. $19,100.00

18kt white gold drop earrings with chalcedony and pave sapphire snake motif.

Sidney Garber, 18kt white gold ring with aquamarine and pave diamonds, black rhodium finish. Price Upon Request

18kt white gold ring with aquamarine and pave diamonds, black rhodium finish.

Ashly wearing Sidney Garber bracelts

Ashly Olsen wearing Sidney Garber bracelets 

Myriam Schaefer’s gorgeous bags: Less is much more

Welcome to my column “When Money is No Object!”

I have been meaning to tell you about a gorgeous hand bag line that I first saw last year at Scoop. These beauties are by Myriam Schaefer, a former bag consultant for Balenciaga who launched her own handbag collection in 2011. Schaefer is known for her clean lines with an architectural edge. Besides being supremely cool, her bags are supple, light-weight and functional.

I was going to show you a few samples but they are all so pretty that I could not edit them; I think you need to see them all!

Here’s the link to her website where you can also see where they sell in the US, and in Europe and Asia.

myriam-schaefer #12




myriam schaefer #2

Myriam Schaefer #15


myriam-schaefer #11





myriam-schaefer #6

myriam-schaefer #4


myriam-schaefer #9


myriam-schaefer# 8


Myriam Schaefer #14


Yes, you guessed it, they are not inexpensive but, “When Money is No Object,” these are beauties are money very well spent.



When Money is No Object

Hermes silk Satchel 2200

HERMES silk satchel, how pretty is this, $2,200

You may have noticed that my blog has different categories, depending on the subject of the post. For example, I created “Things I Love,” “Shop Smart,” “Love, Cherish & Protect,” to name a few. Today, I am introducing a new category called “When Money Is No Object!” Let me explain why.

As I walk around in search of things to feature, my aim is not just to find attractive, stylish and wearable things, but ones that are affordable and somewhat wallet-friendly. Sadly, this is not easy at all! I am often shocked when I look at the high price of what clearly looks like a cheaply made item; whether it’s clothing, shoes, or accessories. So, I walk away and continue my search for quality at a decent price. Of course, as expected, I also end up coming across gorgeous and beautifully made expensive items.

So I’ve decided that it’s time to share some of these findings with you. After all, we don’t need to possess everything we see. Sometimes, admiring an item of beauty is satisfying enough. More important, beautiful things serve as inspiration, and greatly improve one’s taste level – a win win!

Hermes necklace duncan 1225

HERMES horn necklace, so chic, $1225

Bucket Chloe 1890 Bergd

CHLOE Bucket Bag, simplicity at its best, $1890

Perretti 3 bow bangle 2400

Elsa Peretti bow bangle with diamond, $2,400

Peretti diamnod teardrop 25000

Elsa Peretti, diamond teardrop, $25,000


It never hurts to dream big, and yes, I will help you do so!