New from @Wanderlista: #fridayfives-5 things on my mind this week:
Going: Langkawi, Malaysia, Andaman Sea
Wearing: A Djellabah dress by WALLA YHMAAK
Learning: Engrossed in Tash Aw’s The Harmony Silk Factory
Inspiring: This coral color..in a sea horse no less from the Andaman Sea. You’ll see it on fall runways (the color, not the sea horse).
Giving: Adopt a tiger though WWF Malaysia
Fur: a perfect travel companion
Freezing cold on the plane sound familiar? Fur is an ultimate travel companion. In addition to the cashmere socks in your carry-on, it’s the perfect cozy-up piece to accompany you in the sub-zero interior airline cabin. But more than that, I love Quentin’s direction in his new collection. Pieces that not only will keep you warm, but when traveling, they are the show piece of your wardrobe. Pack the black and grey essentials, then toss some Quentin on to finish off the look.
Fashion Gets Curious This Week in Berlin
Following the successful launch at Colette in Paris (2010) and a raving second edition at Browns in London (2011), the much-anticipated 3rd edition of “The (Contemporary) Cabinet of Curiosities” curated by Thomas Erber opens its doors in the German capital Berlin at Andreas Murkudis’ new space.
Following in the footsteps of the previous editions, over 40 prestigious guests coming from all four corners of the globe will showcase their distinctive savoir-faire in the form of unique or limited edition pieces, curated by Thomas Erber and created especially for the exhibition. For a third time, Erber brings together curiosities from the fields of art, design, apparel, high jewelry and watch-making, travel, eroticism, accessories and literature – all of which will be displayed at the suitably idiosyncratic space of Andreas Murkudis in Berlin, one of today’s trend-setting global capitals.
Thomas Erber is a writer, journalist and international consultant and founder of “The Cabinet of Curiosities”. Having been fascinated and inspired by a “room of curiosities” many years ago, Erber has reinterpreted this Victorian fascination for the 21st century, adding a touch of modernity, fitting to our contemporary understanding of luxury and exclusivity. Over 30 rare and most unique objects are carefully curated and commissioned by Erber for each edition of the showcase and after Paris and London, he elects Berlin as the next location for this exhibition.
The Cabinet of Curiosities 2012 of Thomas Erber at Andreas Murkudis is set to become one of Europe’s most exciting showcases celebrating the very best of creativity and luxury.
The exhibition launches this week between 22 November 2012 and 19 January 2013 at Andreas Murkudis in Berlin (Potsdamer Strasse 81).
I’m forever obsessed with swimwear, so it’s no surprise that when I visited the @normakamali boutique on 56th st. this week, I raided the new swim boutique. Wanting to choose some pieces that could work well in Punta Mita this winter, as well as my upcoming Shanghai sojourn, I bought this dress in natural and black. It’s going into my Shanghai suitcase pronto! Will pair it with some couture from Quentin Veron for a sultry winter look.
The Zora Swim Dress from Norma Kamali
Quentin Vernon Couture FW 12/13
Long inspired by Mykonos, where she summers with her family, Manhattan-based designer Elle Sakellis created her Evil Eye scarf after admiring a display of Evil Eye amulets in a small Mykonian tourist shop. Having worn Evil Eyes her entire life, Sakellis felt a natural inclination to bring the Evil Eye to print and felt truly honored to bring something so close to her, and her culture, into the world of mainstream fashion. Feel protected and accessorized. I love this style from her White Graffiti collection. $158, available at Otrera.com
If anyone has seen my summer beach wardrobe, then they know I love to rock the caftan. The perfect staple from beach to street in an instant, (and easy to pack), caftans should be an effortless part of your summer wardrobe. However, I’ve noticed many women ask how to buy the right ones. Which work well and which don’t? And, as a slim, 38-year-old woman, why do I feel the need to cover? Step into my closet…
In a recent interview, I was asked how I describe my personal style. I answered, “a bohemian Audrey Hepburn.” I certainly have my share of fitted sheath dresses perfect for work or a Milanese aperitivo, but even Holly Golightly is quick to grab that super dreamy drape of fabric that ever so perfectly wafts around her lithe figure on a sultry summer evening. While a caftan might not work for a New York power lunch, it works rooftop at Soho House, and, most importantly, works in all of your summer hot spots.
Now I’ll share all my faves and why. Each shot in gorgeous locales by the fabulous Peter Wesley Brown.
I’ve long been a fan of Missoni Mare, the famed Italian fashion house’s beachwear line. I would typically skip using the seaside cover-up in the day and transform it to dress at night with flat sandals. I have this gorgeous webbed silver one that I practically lived in two summers ago. The sash added a bit of definition and I wore it with and without a slip underneath, depending where I was. We also featured it with the Dea Rosa SS12 evening bag in lizard and satin.
Last year, I met designer, Miguelina Gambaccini at a party in New York and we were fast friends. Her white, Rachel Caftan led me all the way through my Grecian odyssey last summer (and was the centerpiece for the Dea Rosa Spring/Summer Collection). Daytime over a bikini, the Rachel worked as well as when paired with a slip underneath at night. Sometimes I’d add a skinny python belt to cinch it up a bit. Flat sandals or wedges complimented it perfectly. Now, I’m so obsessed with Miguelina’s entire line, that my suitcase is usually filled with her caftans and airy dresses; peppered with my Missoni staples I’m ready to tackle any resort location.
My other caftan go-to is Vicente Ganesha’s line in Ibiza. Made in India, the prints stand apart and the light cotton works absolutely everywhere. They typically run about 150 Euro or so, so if you’re not heading to Ibiza this summer, but know someone that is, tell them to snatch-up a few for you. Last summer, I actually flew to Ibiza from Athens for just under 40 hours of caftan shopping and some beach time with friends. Trust me, they are well worth it.
So how do you know what’s right for you?
*Choose fabric that breathes since you’re going to be wearing a lot of it; skip the polyester or blends. Silk works, but at night only as you don’t want suntan lotions to stain.
*Buy a size down. Most women don’t buy clothes that fit them. Trust me on this: you’re smaller than you think.
*Pick one that has a slit up the front to show your bronzed gams – just a hint of skin is enough.
*Invest in a great skinny belt and leave it in your suitcase – it skinnies you up in no time!
*Channel Jade Jagger…pile on the bracelets, big rings, chunky necklaces. I love vintage jewelry from House of Lavande.
*Pack two pairs of flat sandals. One super simple in a solid metallic and then something with a bit of bling. I’m loving the Flat Slingback Thong Sandal from K Jacques and the Lanvin Toe-Ring Wedge Sandal.
Email me for more tips on how to embrace your inner caftan!
Capri. Last summer, I spent a week here in a darling apartment on Via Camarelle. Days were spent at Fontelina beach or toying around the blue waters on a boat. Evenings were aperitivo at Hotel Quisisana watching the world go by. Inspiration comes easy here, as it did for my Dea Rosa SS2011 collection. A magical place, Capri looks like Central Casting came in with a magic wand and, poof! Beautiful people, gorgeous clothes and a handful of characters tossed in to make it all a bit interesting. It’s one of those places that is so small, that walk through town sometimes feels like you really are in a film…you see the same people (and often it’s too often, really to the point of embarrassment). The town also employs its very own teams of paparazzi that will snap your photo while you’re heading to dinner or back from the beach only to give you the opportunity to purchase the next day. But somehow, it just all works here.
Last night I ventured uptown to the Akris store on Madison to attend an event hosted by the lovely Téa Leoni. The evening was to celebrate my fave publisher Assouline and their book, In the Spirit of Capri. In a colorful tribute to the isle adored by literary icons and the jet set alike, author Pamela Fiori delves into the effortless charm of this fabled and chic destination. The Swiss fashion house had created signature pieces with photos of classic Capri scenes in their SS2011 collection. A scarf with the well-known walkway down to the Faraglioni. A dress with a photo of La Piazzetta. “That one is coming home with me tonight,” Leoni said to me. “I love it.”
Me and Téa Leoni after flipping through the racks of gorgeous clothes at Akris. She was super chic in head-to-toe cream.
The Akris store on Madison Avenue, New York City.
Assouline’s gorgeous book.
AMPR Account Executive Maggie Hund and me.
The dress (Leoni’s fave) printed with a photo of Capri’s La Piazzetta.