bridal headcase

february, 2020
definitely trending.  la cage aux folles.
the new wedding headwear, giving the bridal veil the slip.

the case for coats

february,  2020
my clients hear this from me over and over again.  i think the most important purchase to make in your wardrobe is a REALLY nice coat.  i’m talking about the kind of coat that pretty much matches everything you own and will never go out of style.  it should be fairly subtle (big buttons or fussy details will make you sick of it pronto) but a lush, warm coat or jacket that makes you feel like a million bucks every time you wear it.  you may have to splurge a little or wait until it goes on sale but once you buy it, you could be wearing a paper bag underneath and still you’d look like fashion.  it’s definitely an investment but if you chose subtle and versatile, you will wear it for forever.

here’s some of my favorite picks for pre-spring. 

of the moment

february 2020

kevin tachman photo

a lot has been written about the christian dior couture spring 2020 show last month in paris. dior designer, maria grazia chiuri, has ambitions and also something to say, literally, in the form of twenty one banners suspended above the catwalk.  hailing battlecries of the feminine and her collaboration with artist, judy chicago, is timely and also right on trend.  (if i can call feminism a trend which happily, and also a bit smugly, it seems to be these days.)  

the show was held in tandem with a collaborative presentation of chicago’s work ‘the female divine’, a massive structure of an abstract womb, on view for one week in the garden of the musée rodin in paris.  this reminded me of my very favorite chicago work from the mid ‘70s, ‘the dinner party’, succintly described as “vagina china”, a triangular table setting of 39, each celebrating the role of historical women.

so there’s that (a cool collab of fashion and art) and also this gorgeous dior collection of greccian inspired goddess draped garmentry that i am particularly enthralled with.  the so of-the-moment headbands and hairpieces also blew my mind.  the craftmanship and workmanship reminds me (as always) that fashion is certainly art and should also promote an elevating message to go with it.  

i love the linking of this most important post-modern feminist artist in tandem with dior’s show, binding the requirement (in my opinion) that in today’s climate, fashion should also have meaning.  what do you think?

photos via vogue runway

one of these kids is doing their own thing

january, 2020

independent thought has caught on with the nail set.  you do you, little doggy. 


oh january.  the month when it all comes together.  it’s impossible to not think back on all that you did and did NOT accomplish in a year.   everything you’ve learned, when you felt the flow... sum it all up.  did you achieve the goals that you set for yourself?  uggghhh!!!  and so you begin again, propelled by a blank slate and a new year.  2020 definitely has a nice ring to it!  right?

on december 31st, 2018, i finally ‘closed’ my store.  and my new business is to show clients how to style their own closets, to shop strategically, consciously... and to let go of all the old shit.  the extra weight, the past associations, to start a new aspirational style for today and the future.  to shop less and wear more of what we own and to shop locally and intentionally so that it would literally bring abundance to everyone in the city that we live in.  mindfulness in all things.  and also, really recognizing the impact of all of our routines on this city and the earth.  

and i shopped online.  and i online shopped.  and i chased after ups, cursed fedex, lost packages, scheduled packages, unpacked LOTS of boxes, lived in RETURNS HELL, caused even more congestion in the city, mucked up my process with a ‘convenience’ that actually harms on so many levels, more than i’d ever even thought about.  I HAD TO CLOSE MY SHOP BECAUSE OF IT!  i’d strayed that far!!  i needed to have a cleanse and stand back to really face myself.  

a wonderful exercise i learned in the most valuable business class i took with nina kaufman is that you have to define your core values both personally and with your work.  and if they’re not in alignment, your work will never be truly fulfilling for you.

so i got out, scouted my hood and pretty much everywhere else, started walking and shopping all over.  yes even the majors downtown, (barney’s RIP), discovering things that i had no idea even existed.  i was reminded about the absolute goddamn beauty of this city and all the creative businesses and people that are in it.  this city is understandably mysticized all over the world and i started to feel a bit more a part of that community. and i realized that i needed to nurture it if both of us are to thrive and not fester.  and now i swear i’m saving time and a lot less stress and feel better about my footprint in this town.  i’m not saying i won’t online shop.  i have to to find the selection that i need sometimes but i’m shooting for a 70% in-store to 30% online goal.  and it’s all been a good reminder for me.  it’s good to come back together and realign myself to why i had to close my shop in the beginning and what my goals are for the future.

this year already has a really good vibe to it.  my lucky numbers even. 
so with that, happy new year...wishing you the very best!
i have a feeling we’re all gonna get a big dose of that crystal clear vision.