A few years ago, while at Harrods in London, I noticed a beautiful handbag on the main floor. Its creator was Lina Hamed for Analeena, and I tucked the name away for future reference. Soon after, during the Prêt-à-Porter, I met Lina at the Hôtel George V to see her full collection–and I was bowled over! Since then, she’s been a regular stop for me during the Paris shows.
This season, I also met Lina’s sister, Amalie, who was helping to show the bag collection. I noticed a fabulous ring on Amalie’s finger–and since I’m such a jewelry fanatic, I had to ask what it was. Turns out, she’d designed it herself, and put it together using raw diamond slices (essentially, pieces that might be tossed out), which she’d shaved down even further. These stones have a subtle, glimmering appearance, not so shiny as to blind you, just understatedly chic. Now I’m obsessed: I have to have one! For the moment, Amalie makes each piece to order, but I can see great things ahead for her!Continue reading
Christmas Eve found me shopping at Maxfields–my favorite boutique in Los Angeles, known for carrying fabulous pieces by Rick Owens. Sure enough, I spied a short, fur-and-leather jacket that was simply to die for, displayed alone and screaming my name. I tried it on, and it looked, and felt, amazing. The shape was very chic; the leather was incredibly soft; and the pekan fur (another name for marten) was of extraordinary quality–and warm, too. Even my friend, Gabriele, had to agree: Omigod, he said, it’s so you. And while Christmas itself has come and gone, I do have a birthday coming up soon…!Add a comment
In November, Susan visited Tel Aviv to address a group of women brought together by 9ROOMS, an organization–and online magazine–created by one of Israel’s leading marketing gurus, Iris Zohar. Susan and Iris also spent a day touring the city, and you can join them as they discover some of the best hotels, restaurants, designers and specialty shops that Tel Aviv has to offer.Add a comment
Everyone checks in with The Daily Shoe, which this month celebrates its first anniversary. Join Susan as she looks more closely at five very talented designers– Darmaki, Burak Uyan, Nathalie Elharrar of LaRare, Walter Steiger and Rupert Sanderson–whose work helped make this feature so important. All of them met with Susan during Paris Fashion Week, inviting her into their showrooms to preview their latest designs. We do love shoes!Add a comment
While in Paris last month for the Prêt-à-Porter, I happened to see a friend of mine who’s the social media specialist at Ermenegildo Zegna. He told me the Zegna team had a lovely proposition in mind: would I care to attend the company’s upcoming ZegnArt unveiling (and related celebrations) in Rome? There was no need to ask twice–I hadn’t been to Rome in a while, and I love the Zegna brand. They took care of all details, and on March 20, I arrived at the fab Hotel Boscolo Exedra Roma and was whisked right up to my room.Continue reading
A New Year always brings new opportunities, especially when it comes to personal style. However, since rules are usually meant to be broken, don’t take these resolutions as written in stone–just think of them as good advice!
1.) Stop following trends and simply wear what works for you. I happen to love Giambattista Valli’s coats for Moncler Gamme Rouge, which would doubtless look fab with jeans and make any sort of outfit instantly chic.Continue reading
We love the Maison Gerard, a chic little gallery in Greenwich Village that specializes in very fine 20th-century French furniture (Jaques Adnet, LeLeu, Jean-Michel Frank, etc.), as well as work by contemporary artists, craftsmen and designers. The Maison’s current exhibit features a selection of alabaster, wood and steel “luminous sculptures” by Stephen Downes, a New York City native who attended the School of Visual Arts and studied under master stone carver René Lavaggi. Stephen’s pieces (like the Moon Sconce, shown above) are all recent creations, but they evoke another era and suggest an interesting combination of American and European sensibilities. They’re also rare works of art that function as lighting, which we find particularly chic.Add a comment
New York and Paris are two of the most enchanting cities in the world, and I’m fortunate to call both of them home (depending on the time of year). Of course, each city has its own, unique energy, along with all the essentials that make living between the two a real joy. Here are a few of my favorite places.Continue reading
In mid-November, I took a fascinating trip to Tel Aviv at the invitation of Iris Zohar, the founder of 9ROOMS. It was an incredible experience, and Iris was a tireless guide during my five days there. I spent most of my time with her, discovering the wonders of the city–and I was pleased, and very touched, to discover how warm and welcoming Tel Aviv’s people could be!Continue reading
This year, our holiday gift guide includes some wonderful surprises: there are items both large and small, and from all over the globe (Argentina to France to Turkey and beyond). Whenever we compile these special holiday lists, we naturally consider what we would like to receive–after all, things that appeal to us are likely to appeal to our families and friends. Some of the items we’ve chosen are meant for women, some are for men–but most would bring joy to almost anyone. And while the list is short–10 perfect suggestions–everything we’ve included is special, exclusive or just plain chic. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Christmas comes but once a year, so go for the crème de la crème. Assuming you’ve been nice this year, Santa will follow suit!
For example, these gorgeous tarot cards are part of Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, sponsored by the KLÜP Foundation and recently mounted as a show at The Andy Warhol Museum. Designed by 78 different “creative icons” (including fashion legends Christian Louboutin and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as contemporary artists such as John Currin and Terry Richardson), the deck of cards is packaged and billed as a “do-it-yourself performance art project.” Any fashionista in your life will want to own a set!Continue reading