I’m always looking for the perfect summer shoe (even in the depths of winter). It’s hard to find an easy slip on shoe that is also super comfortable. Shoe experts swear by these Repetto ballet flats–they fit like a glove and have a tiny little heel, so the foot is not totally flat. Brigitte Bardot wore them in red. Catherine Deneuve is a fan, too. Can’t get better endorsements than that, n’est-ce pas?
Couldn’t help but notice all the press on the latest Gucci menswear show in Milan over the weekend. Apparently creative director Frida Giannini had been abruptly dismissed a week or so ago, and the head of accessory design stepped in with a whole new collection. And a new aesthetic. It’s androgynous–chiffon shirts tied at the neck with romantic bows–and it’s very different from the retro-sleek style Giannini embraced for the decade she designed for Gucci. Some said the white blouse and necktie look and the bleue, blanc, rouge color palette were a tribute to French cultural figures in light of the recent attacks in Paris. Certainly the berets, silk poet’s blouses, and fur-lined capes alluded to a kind of bohemian, Gallic cool. Overall, I like Gucci’s new direction. It’s definitely quirky, but it feels more in tune with what’s happening on other runways and more responsive to larger cultural themes.
It took awhile for me to finally succumb to the Birkenstock trend last summer (I bought two pairs). Now Marc Jacobs is selling velvet-lined Dr. Scholls. What is it with the current fashion craze for ugly orthopedic shoes? Maybe designers are finally getting smart and targeting consumers in the demographic that actually spends money: Boomers (with failing knees and unhappy feet).
Wouldn’t it be nice to look at this view all day? A few weeks ago I was in Los Angeles visiting the showroom of Thomas Lavin who introduced me to Trove, a company that sells digitally printed wall paper. It sounds kind of tacky, but the images are incredible, especially this one of a French garden–Jardin à La Française. Check it out at Trove.
A friend from Washington D.C. recently emailed to ask where she could find great winter boots for a decent price. A little research online led me to this new Soho store from the people at H&M. And Other Stories, which opened a week ago on Broadway and Prince, has a terrific selection of well-priced boots–everything from classic riding boots, to platform suede wedges. They also sell apparel–I particularly liked the knitwear and outerwear–and beauty products. The store is the brand’s first in the U.S. (they’ve already taken London by storm). I like it because the pieces are well cut and good quality for a decent price (sweaters are $100, coats are $275, boots are $225). I’d call the styling a mix of Marni, Dries Van Noten, and Jil Sander. You can shop online at And Other Stories but if you’re in New York City it’s worth a trip (and probably ultimately better to try on the merch–shoe sizing runs quite large, for example).